SilkTork (5407) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2004
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 June 2002 Bottle. This is a lager that I have recently developed a taste for as an everyday cooler. It has no distinguishing features, is steady and reliable and leaves no nasty tastes. It is also quite reassuringly cheap. What more praise can one give?! The Ford Mondeo of lagers! Give that man a Stella! [2.5]
March 2004. Bottle. Head to Head with Baltika Classic. Both are yellow. A big hit of sharp prickly rubber with the Baltika. Both have a co2 aroma. More hops in the Stella - a better balance of what flavour there is. Nothing obscene about the Stella - it’s drinkable. Stella beats the Russian. [1.9]
Dec, 2006 Bottle. Drinkable, slightly biscuity pale lager. No big off-flavours, though no character either. Mild, dry, soapy bitterness in the finish. Hoppier than the average global lager. Compared side by side with Skol and Carlsberg. Acceptable. [2.5]
April, 2007Tap, Clarendon, Gillingham A salty finish. An awareness of bitterness. Neutral. Drinkable. Assertive but not aggressive fizz. [2.3]
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 7, 2004
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap. Light golden color with creamy white head. Poor lacing. Odor was somewhat hard to pick out and was terribly weak to boot, but had mild hops and yeast character. Front was mildly sweet with fizzy carbonation and a lightly bitter finish, some hop character. Very boring, fairly drinkable and painfully overpriced.
TBone (14175) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 29, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pale yellow, foamy white head. Hoppy start, some bitter in the end. Tastes lame and metallic.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 29, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample- Pours a head average for this style beer. Blanchy white. Body is almost a "bright" yellow. Kinda strange. Aromas of hops and corn. I thought it was flavourful at first, because it does have some bitterness to it, but that faded rather quickly, and the end result was a beer that tasted just above par. Nothing to write home about. I must admit though, they make it seem like the classiest beer in the world.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2004
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap in QC Canada. not even the lure of the Chateau Frontenac could disguise the fact that this beer is an imposter. Is has all the bite, but none of the body. Its lack of artificial sweetness makes it better than the american standard pilseners, but not enough to justify it's "premium" status.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 18, 2004
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle, pours that kinda scary clear, bright yellow that so typifies a certain bodily excretion. Aroma is basic lagerish and slightly skunky. Flavor is unremarkable pilsner malty with a nice hop bite. Light body and highly carbonated. This is one belgian that I have little fondness for.
monterey (8) - Redmond, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2004 does not count
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is the Budweiser of Belgium. Not bad, but with so many other really great brews, why is this so popular? Maybe because it's a good quantity, not-quality thirst-quencher.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2004
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
What a marketing campaign, but a thin not inspiring brew to back it up. This would only impress a novice
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 14, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost no aroma. Slight sweetness to it but the finish is bitter enough to make this worth buying in summer here. It has weaker flavors than more interesting lagers but that's fine when it's stupidly hot. And when it's stupidly hot it looks very nice.
I only buy it for home when it is on 25% off special should indicate the "overpriced for quality" factor..
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the home of dedicated drinkers, this is the UK's top-selling lager. High acclaim indeed for this Belgian brute. A superb lager, minus any of the typical European over-sweetness.