The Etruscan (544) - Tuscany, ITALY - SEP 24, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
White medium lasting head. Pale golden color. Aroma is malty with corn and light hoppy notes. Flavor is moderately herbal with hoppy and cereal tones, ending in a balanced, slightly hoppy finish. Light bodied.
seeknay36 (110) - DC, New York, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice head with a golden color. Smooth taste with a light body and a bit malty. Has a bit of a skunk to it but that is the green bottle, I am convinced. I do not think it is as bland as some, and I do get it only when on tap. I refuse the green bottle!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: clear, golden color, with a prodigious, snow-white head of foam, pristine, creamy, inviting.
Aroma: slightly hoppy, with a typical lager smell, dry and clean, still fresh, though this is the very last pour from this keg.
Taste: Crisp, tidy hop bite up front, slowly fading off, but returning with each sip, very smooth, eminently refreshing. A sweetish taste emerges, with notes of honey and citrus. Light bodied. Snappy, tasty, with a pleasant finish.
I anticipated liking this less. In fact my first try was from a sample bottle provided free. Wasnít moved, even disliked it, at first, but it grew on me. On tap, as you can tell from other reviews, itís quite a nice, simple, thirst-quenching, quaffable pils. I can easily understand itís popularity. Thereís just enough flavor to make this well worth drinking, and not be just another "pizza chaser", bland lager.
ohknaks (44) - USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle: pours straw yellow with a white head. A bit of a hoppy taste, nothing too special, but not bad. Iíd prefer this over most domestics, but Iím notabout to pay a premium price when there are far better beers around.
Marko (4053) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 18, 2004
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2006 New review:
The old reviewís a bit embarrasing so I decided to rerate this. And is there better way to do it than fromm one of the fancy 0.75l champagne Christmas/New Year bottles of this, brewed in Belgium (Zagrebačka Pivovara brews Stella for Croatian market) ? The cork was damn hard to get out, and the pop in the end was weak. Poured a pale yellow/golden colour with a big white head that went away fast leaving scattered lacing (App: -1). Nose... malt and peanuts with hints of maybe cabbage, sulphur and dust. (Aroma: -1). Taste... fairly inconspicuous, flat, some nice lemony hoppines covering a malty body, some weak fruit, a hint of olive oil, and a nice herbal/grapeseed hoppy aftertaste. The flavor/palate ratings remain the same. You can certainly find a lot worse macro Pale/Premium Lagers, and I can dig the hops used in this, but Iíve had better. I was thinking of reducing the score a little more because they didnít go with Stella NoŽl, and they only put the regular Stella in a fancy bottle, but nah. Itís a 2.5.
Well, itís not bad, the colourís nice, the taste is a bit malty, and watery, but not too much, sometimes even pleasant, passable for a lager. It wasnít offensive at all, but I drank far better ones.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2004
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
500 ml can. Clear pale blonde color, medium fugaceous head. Slightly fruity and malty aroma. Weak flavor of fruits and malt. Very weak bitter finish. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, watery texture. Cheap and boring.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
bottle from local bodega,
palee yellow small white head,lost of carbonation. not too bad,althouh thid ant what i thnk of when i see a beer ís form belgium.nothin much fun here
KUEric (886) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2004
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2005 I thought the bottle I has was skuny. It was a nice lighter color, I did enjoy that, but the taste left something to be desired. The taste was skuny and it was a llingering skunk. Not a fan at all, and in England it is like Bud or Miller, absolutly everywhere.
99beerman (29) - Gardners, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap @ the Northstar in Philly. Finally decided to try it after listening to all the hype. Poured the classic straw-yellow color with an average snow white head. Not much of an aroma to speak of here, just a slight tinge of malt. Easy on the palate at one degree above freezing, but let this beast warm up and youíre dealing with some pretty harsh metallic/pizza-doughy flavors as well as an unpleasant lingering aftertaste. I can think of several other beers that Iíd rather spend 30 bucks on for a case.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Good God! I canít believe I hadnít reviewed Stella Yet. Inundated with this beer everywhere you go. So called premium... but itís a skunky steely sharp and bubbly concoction. Must be an acquired taste.