Brewed by Al Ahram (Heineken)
Style: Pale Lager
Giza, Egypt


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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.94/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Introduced in 1897, Stella was born 100 years ago, and has since been an icon in Egyptian history. Bringing modern brewing methods into Egyptian beer making, it has become a part of the daily life, and close to the hearts of Egyptian consumers.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TorbenJensen (1464) - Valby, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2015
Just returned home after a short business travel in Egypt, and therefore will rush to my first review of Egyptian beer. As expected, it was no big surprise to taste beers from this Muslim country that most serves soft drinks as Coca Cola, Sprite and Seven Up. Is it contrary to the juice is Egypt a wonderland with a large repertoire of virtually every imaginable fruit which I greatly appreciate about the breakfast. Stella Lager is the beer you see most often in Egypt, but only in hotels and restaurants, because as mentioned before, the country is Muslim and therefore cost of beer in the hotels a little more than they do on the Danish restaurants. Stella is a lager with a white durable foam, moderately malty aroma and a comfortable hoppy bitterness in the end. It reminds a lot about Heinekens common lager, and the brewery is also part of Heineken, so it might explain the great similarity. It is quite a common thirst quenching and refreshing lager, but it should be for reasons other than Stella Lager who get a beer rater to travel to Egypt. The culture, history, and not least the food is definitely worth a visit - but not beer. It is quite ordinary and something similar can be found all over the world.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AWS9 (648) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2015
Bottle. Typical pale gold lager pour, with slight receding head. Faint hops, touch of wheat and corn. Not a lot going on in the taste or aroma, but it’s inoffensive and refreshing for an evening in Cairo. Kind of all I hope for with such lagers.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Idiosynkrasie (6534) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 8, 2015
330ml can [Thanx Tim and Torsten!]. Clear golden colour with small to average, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, snow white head. Strawy, grassy, hoppy aroma, hints of corn and protein. Taste is dry, strawy, minimally soapy. grassy hoppy. Rather clean and straight.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Grumbo (1518) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2015
Can brought back to UK by friends and consumed on a sunny English afternoon in vain attaempt to mirror Egyptian climate. Poured a clear light gold colour with a white head, quickly dissipating. Aroma is moderately malty and grassy. Moderate sweetness, with a metallic bitter finish. Thin lager texture. Had worse.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Manslow (1121) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 19, 2015
Kolor jasnozłoty, klarowne. Aromat lekko chmielowy, kwaskowe, smak słodki, wyczuwalny alkohol.Słabe piwo.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rgf001 (323) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2015
As its twin with a bit less alcohol, Sakara, aromas of grainy malt and flowery noble hop, probably from oil extracts. Perfect appearance with abundant head for a 4% lager. The bitterness is not perfectly clean, tastes exactly like bitterness extract. Below this bitterness one can taste grainy maltiness. Dry finish. Some astringency from hop bitterness extract. Not as bad as the scores would suggest. The Brewer is doing an awesome job considering no real hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Martinus (4538) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma of malts, cat pee, vegetable, bread. Sweet flavour, malt syrup. Meh, but still, another country :)
(from 33cL can @ El Manana’s first 9050 tasting. Thanks for sharing, tderoeck!)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ElManana (1923) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2015
Can at ElManana's 1st 9050 tasting, thanks Benzai for this one. Yeast, cat piss, malty, sugared, horrible.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Sibarh (156) - Bialystok, POLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Kolor - złocisty, klarowny. Piana - drobniutka, średnio wysoka, trwała. Zapach - wyraźny słodowo-chmielowy. Smak - średni słód, spory chmiel, średnia słodycz, średnia goryczka. Poprawny lager do gaszenia pragnienia.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dnicolaescu (2052) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JAN 19, 2015
CAN 33 CL. Light malty aroma, some harsh sulphur. The flavour starts rather watery, yet with a certain creaminess in the body, light sweetness, light but harsh bitter finish.

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