Blind tasting review
Stella Artois
Stella Artois

Family Pale Lager Style Continental Lager
Country Belgium ABV 5.0%
Producer InBev
Price $$ Packaging 12oz/355ml bottle
Characteristics Refreshing

Overview Stella Artois is the best-selling Belgian beer in the world, but it has struggled in recent years with identity issues. Long marketed in the UK under the slogan “Reassuringly Expensive,” AB InBev has struggled somewhat to maintain the top-shelf premium lager image effortlessly projected by Heineken.

Flavors and aromas Stella is cut from the same cloth as Heineken: a touch of sweetness, a body dominated by grainy malt and mild corn flavors, and a light but noticeable residual bitterness that sets it apart from North American pale lagers. Our samples were slightly skunky. We might suggest the slogan would be more accurately rendered as “Reassuringly Typical,” since that is the real value here.
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