ColoradoBobs (31) - Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Had a couple at an Indian pub called the Curry Pot right on the South China Sea in Stanley, Hong Kong, while enjoying Thai curry and watching English Premier League football on the big-screen telly! It was a heavy-duty cultural mellange that rendered Stella Artois a bit thin by contrast. But then, the food was spicy, so the lightness and drinkability were helpful. It took TWO 600 ml glasses to cool my tongue, and it was a pretty nice way to do it. My son had a less spicy meal (bad choice -- don’t order a hamburger at an Indian pub in Hong Kong!) and a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (excellent choice anywhere on the planet!). He made both the worse and better selection than I.
Stella’s not a very powerful beer in terms of taste, but it had a nice head and a cool refreshing taste. This is not something to drink on its own -- it does well with spicy, hot foods, or with pizza.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
For a low rated beer, this stuff is good on tap, only when the lines are clean. Pours nice with a big white head. Nice hop aroma and subtle spices. Tastes smooth with a nice peppery bite. Crisp and dry with some grassiness.
scotty (1088) - SCOTLAND - MAY 15, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pint can from VW Kelso. I used to think this was the biz, but either I’ve changed or this has gone downhill bigtime. I used to work for Oddbins years ago, and at that time they sold the" brewed under licence" version, and they also managed to get a parcel of genuine Belgian brewed stuff. The staff of the branch I worked in (well, 3 of us!) did a blind tasting to see which version we prefered..the under licence version won hands down!!!! I’ve not tried this for a long time, but I’m not impressed, nothing more than a bog standard lager now.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 14, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle Green Mill. Chi,IL. Looks like a heineken and everything about it screams heineken basically. Light head with yellow body. Nose is dry. Very bitter and dry with little mouthfeel except a bit of stingyness.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2005
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Was not impressed, but this wasn’t a bad beer. Aroma from the bottle was kinda skunky, head didn’t last long, watery aftertaste. Highly drinkable, but nothing to write home about.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2005
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Stella is attempting to penetrate the US market for mediocre homogenized corporate import lager--and they’ve formulated the product just right to appeal to the ranks of Heineken and Becks aficionados. Finely balanced non-taste, with a hint of overhopping to make it seem European. Stella’s no better in Belgium or the UK, where it appeals to the same pretentious crowd. I’ll order it where there’s nothing better to show the Belgian flag--though as I do, I’m wishing yummy Primus was making the jump instead.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
The european bud light. I have drank this every way possible- warm, cold, bottle or tap.. anyway you get it, its still comparable to a mass-produced beer from the states. Pretty boring.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5515) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2005
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2006 I have had this one a number of times but have never been particularly impressed. Sampled on draft for this rating the beer poured a medium yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is light and fairly nondescript. The flavor has a light malt element but otherwise is bland and inoffensive.
andrewfulton (3) - flitwick, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2005 does not count
2.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had a pint from a Bar. Absolutley stunk horribly, I mean like, really bad, like a farm. Tasted nothing like the smell, it was quite nice, and really looked good.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Transparent, pale yellow in color. Frothy, creamy head and nice dissipating lace. Smells like a lager - yeasty with crisp lemons. Sticky and starchy on the palate. Astringent yet crisp. Lemon acidity. Very yeasty backdrop, which distinguishes it from others in the genre. Lemon shortbread aftertaste.