Scarborough (17) - ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Lager is now the most popular pub drink in the UK, and Stella is the best selling lager. Brits are very image conscious, and brewers have had a hard time keeping up with the current trends, but Europe is back in favour and Stella has been promoted hard in one of the most expensive, long-running and artistic advertising campaigns in recent years - pushing the acclaimed Guinness adverts into the background. Stella is seen as cultured, historic and very intelligent - the ads promote the idea that Stella drinkers are sophisticated and clever by using easily understood stories in French, and then complete the kick with the pay off line: Reassuringly Expensive. Mmmm, I may shave my head, support Millwall, live in a boarded-up council flat and beat up my crack-addict woman, but I drink Stella, therefore I exist in a fantasy world in which people think I matter. The British nickname for Stella is "Wife-beater" - at around 5% this is stronger than most Millwall supporters are used to (most British lagers being around 4% or less), so the yobs and thugs would get drunk and then go home and hit their partners.
Having said all that, this is a fizzy but inoffensive drink of little character.
The UK stuff is brewed in Wales rather than Belgium. In the same brewery as the "Irish" beer - Murphy’s. This must be the Global Village we keep hearing about.
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
It is a very thin beer, and thin on the palate. It has a regular golden color. But not much of a head. The taste is sweet, with almost no aftertaste. Nothing bad, but nothing special. I think alot of people who dont really like beer, get into this one because of the sweet taste.
darkko (99) - Kingsport, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Your average european lager. Pale yellow, bland finish with very little hop character. Nothing memorable.
cazort (555) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2005
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2007 Extremely yeasty, rather malty. Hops are an afterthought. Like many lagers, too sweet--way too sweet. This tastes exactly like an American "pale lager" to me. When I get to the end of the bottle, it is seeming extremely thin and bland. There’s absolutely no excuse for the high price of this beer...why pay this much for an import when you can either buy an import, or buy a better, cheaper domestic, (e.g. yuengling lager).
highlandlad (1447) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
On a night when the Tigers wiped the floor with the Bulldogs at Telstra Stadium and even Tooheys New in plastic cups tasted like nectar, at the post-match celebrations this still seemed mediocre. It’s marginally better than most of the other big global brands, but not by much. Pale gold, skinny head. Plenty of cereal in the malty aroma. Very sweet in in the finish.
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Golden with a whity head. Slightly yeasty aroma. Goes down smooth without much flavor. Very crisp and non-ofensive. My mom’s favorite beer.
waffleman (8) - USA - AUG 14, 2005 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average belgian beer at premium cost.
Goes down easy, crisp. Golden color with nice head.
rdeboer (3) - USA - AUG 14, 2005 does not count
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Run of the mill beer, very average and not much flavor. Watery and in my opinion LESS flavor than Heineken
sethdude (705) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 14, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a clearish gold, thin head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is S-K-U-N-K-E-D. Not that I expected any different. It’s possible that these euro lagers are pretty good when fresh and on tap, but I have not had a euro lager yet that was in good condition and was enjoyable. This one manages to be a little more malty and flavorful than many others.
Zeswaft (1505) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tastes like every other european lager/pilsner. Clean and refreshing. A little more flavor than a heineken or something.