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.
IPA (17) - Leominster, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2005
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
highly carbonated, yellow color. Light body and mouthfeel and noticible sourness.
wrxkaboom (17) - juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had it on tap, poors a golden color with a thick head. Very smooth in taste lacking bitterness. Not a very complex taste, but good and refreshing on a hot day.
roboequator (17) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 13, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pale straw coloured beer, very clear. Head dissipated rapidly. Very low malt and hop aroma - saaz, not particularly pleasant.
Medium bitterness dry, low carbonation not fitting with style - perhaps due to intial big pour to attain head.
Sweetness coming through after a third mouthful, good balance, morish.
Slight tingling on the tip of the tongue, possibly some phenolic fault - possibly from grain.
After warming a light hop aroma comes through of blueberries.
krdktq (17) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A DECENT BEER THAT IS VERY DRINKABLE. IF YOU EXPECT A GREAT BEER YOU WILL BE DISSAPOINTED. I WOULD DRINK IT AGAIN.
harperwood9 (16) - milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Marketing Guru set this up. An average beer at best, sold to the masses as better than the rest????? Funky glass makes it better then it actually is! Taste is ’so-so’
aknod (16) - USA - JAN 21, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I rarely give low scores. But why waste your time on stella when you can have better belgium beer. If your going to have one, drink it with a hamburger or something, otherwise, I wouldn’t waste my time looking for it, especially in a 100+ tap beer pub.
adriancscott (16) - London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: Stella Glass.
Very pale golden colour with a pristine white head. Great gossamer lacing on the glass that looks great. Aroma is strong one the hops side of it.
Dryish taste, not very appealing, very watery tasting, a good thirst quencher on a hot day.. or after sport in a quick down, not one to savour. A bit sour with a bitter edge on the after taste. A very clean beer, but not the best around. I used to like this one until I got a bit more cultured.
lilsumsum (16) - Chicago (S. Side), Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
i found this too be horrible, bottled at a friends house, i had it out of the bottle but i don’t think that would make much of a difference with this, i’ve heard alot about this being good, and well, it’s not.
jonnycando (16) - Troutville, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2006
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 Nice to have around, still, not an inspiring beer. My tongue wants more.....well...everything, I guess.
But still for some reason I like it.