PlinyHarris (28) - - NOV 18, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A beloved friend of mine came over from California and I took him to one of my favourite Yorkshire places. He spurned the whisky and the Timothy Taylor’s for a Stella. I was a bit upset that he’d come over here and have something so mass-produced when we’re back into some golden age for brewing real ales in the UK.
He took the term "real ale" as a "No True Scotsman" fallacy and thought I was putting down his beloved Stella for some artificially valued "realness," so I had to explain to him that it was a lot like craft beer in the USA, independently-brewed to a method I don’t quite understand which classifies it as a real ale, like how real cider is basically actually made from fruit rather than radon. Unfortunately I couldn’t get through to him, and things were dampened somewhat until we met up with another friend who came up with the perfect analogy for it. It was like your girlfriend telling you she was into philosophy, and you going "Ah! Who do you like then?" and her going "Oh, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison."
Stella Artois is to beer what Kurt Cobain is to philosophy.
JoshRaburn (29) - - NOV 26, 2014
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
Actually some bitter flavours, unlike any North American macro and some European ones. Unfortunately there is no hop character and the cloying stewed vegetable taste make this almost undrinkable for me.
camoes (186) - PORTUGAL - NOV 24, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 52 02:32. AROMA: low grainy aroma with a kind of sulphury background mixed with DMS. no hop aroma. APPEARANCE: very pale straw color and translucent. average white head with average retention. TASTE: mild grainy sweet flavour with low bitterness. finishes somewhat dry. PALATE: thin body with low carbonation. OVERALL: another bulk pale lager with some odd aromas.
jflopsu (604) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear pale yellow with white head. Has a grain and grass aroma. Taste is very grainy with grass, spices and light malts. Very watered down light bodied beer and has a bit of a sweet taste.
martjoobolut (876) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 14, 2014
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
0,25L bottle (InBev Belgium version). Pours clear golden with white head. The head stays for some moments. Aroma is very sweet, somewhat chemical maize syrup, malt. Flavor is very sweet, malt, some metallic notes, citric notes. Finish has some hoppy notes, but is mostly watery. Overall: sweetness hides some of the flaws, but still not very good.
dtobon (1) - COLOMBIA - NOV 13, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Para mi excelente cerveza. De buen sabor y suave para tomarse varias. Buena opción para la playa.
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AntoineGRD (61) - - NOV 13, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Robe limpide d'une couleur jaune paille
Nez de houblon accompagné de senteurs plus céréalières
Saveurs herbacées, présence des malts et fine amertume
Diabobale (225) - ITALY - NOV 10, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Una lager molto comune. Sarà anche la più distribuita al mondo, ma non ha certo il primato di essere la migliore nel suo stile
rxeight (1474) - Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2014
1.2 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle to glass. Pee yellow with a puffy white head. Smells like a beagle fart. Tastes like pool water. Truly awful.
Tca21 (51) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Appearance: golden color. Good carbonatation. Aroma: a little of hop aroma. Favor: it has citric and grassy notes but nothing more special. Definitely the european lager you will find.
Alengrin (2353) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2014 Belgium’s best known lager started its life as a first-generation ’pils’ in the twenties - and as a Christmas beer. When its brewery Artois joined with Jupiler’s Piedboeuf to form Interbrew, a company policy was established to keep the latter on the home market and to promote Stella primarily as the international brand, which, needless to say, proved very successful. It pours a clear light golden blonde with delicate fizz and builds a snow white, moussy head with good retention and cobweb lacing on the edge of the glass. The aroma has some corn but less disturbingly so than in many other mass marketed macro lagers (including Jupiler) and supported by a bready malt sweetness, a slight hint of iron and some cheesy and grassy hops. Taste is crisp and clean, corn and bready maltiness again, slick with a slight sourishness, minerally carbonation and a gentle, yet pleasant ’European’ leafy and aromatic (Czech) hop bitterness in the finish, in which the initial maltiness also continues. In all: though just another bland standard lager, this very clearly has a more ’noble’ and refined character than Jupiler, if one has to compare. It has a cleaner maltiness, less disturbing corn, less chemical wryness and more genuine hoppiness. I only know one pub which serves both from tap, but if you were to find another one and feel like having a pale lager, be sure to choose this one.