kiltedscotsman (9) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 9, 2006 does not count
This must be one of the most overrated ’import’ beers in Canada/USA. The beer is modified to fit the market. Over here in Canada and the US, it is a shadow of its real Belgian way of tasting. Go to Belgium, have some Stella, and its lovely. Come to North America, and its a travesty. Its not even ’imported’. Most, if not all, is made ’under licence’ over here. The most amusing thing about stella here, (Im a Brit living in Canada) is the way its treated over here as some sort of revered sophisticated beer. Even served with great ceremony in silly little Stella glasses with huge heads, the barmaid having to ’knife’ off huge amounts of fobbing. Beer should not fob excessively. if a beer is fobbing alot, theres something wrong with the fob chamber, or the dispensing, or maybe the cellar/flashcooler is too warm. Im sorry to burst youre bubble guys, but in the UK, it is white trash beer. Yup, the beer of thugs, soccer holigans and plebs. The taste over here is kinda tasteless,wastery, overfizzy garbage. Little aroma, insipid appearance, minimal ’clean’ flavour, with a finish so short, you wonder whether one is actually drinking beer, or water with a tablespoon of beer added. No hoppy bitterness in the finish, and no lasting complexity after swallowing. This is ’beer’ for people who either dont know how beer tastes (and dont know any better), or dont like the way real beer tastes, if the latter, then this is really sad, as good beer should be as complex and satisfying as wine. gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Does not look like much but given what it is it is not bad. A bit grassy but still clean and crisp enough to be refreshing. ironryan22 (53) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2006
better known as a nelson or winnie mandela. this beer is everywhere, personally im not that particularly fond at all, but i wont say no to sharing a few nelson’s with mates. Bartzilla (624) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Nothing to see here. Move along. Still reading? OK. This is Belgium’s version of Heineken. A tiny bit stronger. If this is the best a bar has, I’ll drink it. Otherwise, blech. I’ll pass. Girls like it. That’s how it got an 8 on the overall. Gets them too hammered though. It can get ugly, so keep an eye on her and switch her over to Fat Tire before she does too much damage and starts to cry or causes a scene or hits on your friends. entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2006
From draft. This is junk. It’s only redeeming quality is a decent "buttery" palate. It tastes like Heineken Light with no aroma to speak of and just a bitter and thin grassy, skunky flavor. Why?
TexasAggie12 (64) - Burnet, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2006
nice golden color. Slight skunky aroma. Taste was a little grainy with malt and citric flavor. Finished with a bit of dry hoppy flavor. Over all was expectimg more with all the hype of had 600 years to get this beer right. Good beer but dose not live up to the hype. telepork (84) - USA - MAY 2, 2006
Richer aroma than most pale lagers, not too skunky at all. Lokks as good as pale lager gets, with right amount of bubbles and a nice didhsoap head. Very agreeable flavor, certainly more Belgian than Dutch. I drink it when it’s available. BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2006
People made such a big deal about resturaunts and bar’s here getting Stella. I finally couldn’t avoid it any longer when my selection recently was bud or bud light, miller, or stella. SO I finally caved in. Somewhat skunky nose,followed by some astringent type corn and malt. Never really opens up. Taste is the same, some floral hints to pick out but mostly a skunk who just dined on a few leftover citric fruits. yawn jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 1, 2006
Golden, clear pour with a small white head that faded away halfway down the glass. Smells of floral hops and citrus, tastes of the same with some fruity tones. Bartenders seem to praise this beer, but it was a bit of a let down. papajohn (1340) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - APR 29, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 Pale golden color with a medium white head. Aroma is floral, sweet and slightly metallic. Flavor starts lightly sweet followed by a crisp hop bitterness finishing kinda dry and grassy. Medium bodied and watery with lively carbonation.