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I am a huge fan of lager, for me there is nothing better than an ice cold lager in the summer! The weather is great at the moment and I have had a few stellas in the garden over the week. I have been a fan of regular Stella for a long time, many people do not like Stella but I haven't had many problems with it. I have only recently tried the 4% triple filtered version and I have nothing but praise for it. The taste is crisp and refreshing, I really like it and I have to admit that it is one of the nicest around. Compared to fosters which is the same percentage, it outclasses it in everyday. I will now go into a little more detail on the product and explain why it's worth the try!
I purchased a crate of 12 of these for only £8. That works out to be very good value and recently tesco were doing 3 for £21. It's much cheaper than going down the pub. I believe this lager justifies the cost and I will be buying it again. You can get it in cans which are 500ml. I have also had this at the pub recently and I have noticed that they sell this at the harvester too. It's a better alternative to full strength stella. A pint of this at my local is £3.40. Similar to other lagers on tap.
Would I recommend this:
I would recommend this to anyone who hasn't tried it yet, the taste is surprising. When it's Hot outside, I like to add a little bit of lemonade and lime to it! It slips down a treat. I also like the style of the cans and the branding, it's much more upmarket then normal strength Stella. I believe because it's triple filtered it does taste nicer, it's very smooth and it's just prefect for me. I'm not a beer expert, but for me this is great and will be in my beer fridge for some time to come!
This lager gets a 5 star rating from me, it tastes great and is rather good value. If you don't like normal Stella, don't think this tastes the same, because it is much different and far superior. Thanks for reading my review and I hope it helped! Please give it s try if you are a fan of lager as I am glad that it did :)
For the past 10 years, I have tried to avoid Stella Artois like the plague. There's always been a heavy malt and hop taste to the drink, which I found gave it that nuttier taste than most lagers, and as a result I wasn't that fussed on it. Not only that, but it gave me a real headache/hangover, much worse compared with other lagers and I felt that, having served the drink for many years, it would bring out the aggressor in people a lot more, thus giving it the nickname 'wife-beater'.
What Stella have tried to do with this 4% version though, is tone things down a bit, and across the board this has been done. There's less alcohol by volume in there, for a start, the 4% being quite a significant drop and falling in line with similar moves by other brewers such as Becks, whose Becks Vier is a lovely drink. What this does is lessen the alcoholic impact on the body as you're drinking, but without reducing so much that it feels like you're drinking an alcohol free lager, of which I'm yet to find one with enough of a substitute in the taste alone.
It's not only the alcohol though, as they seem to have toned it down in terms of flavour as well. The nutty aftertaste I always found with Stella seems to have gone, presenting a lighter drink and with the hoppy and malty taste coming through mainly on the aftertaste now. Ultimately, this has a positive effect in the first instance, but after a while, I felt like I needed a more substantial taste to make it worthwhile. There's a nice enough taste to it, but it's just not quite strong enough.
Visually, it's very light and clear, but any type of fizz that it has seems to wane quite quickly once you've opened the drink. I'm yet to try it on draught, but the 440ml cans I have had give you that initial froth if you pour it into a glass,. or have that initial slight fizz if you swig it straight from a can, but after that it seems to flatten out quite quickly. By the end of the can, it was pretty flat, and it's not like I'd left it sitting around for ages or anything, so this was somewhat disappointing.
But the key thing for me is the effects. With Stella, I'd feel a bit aggro as if the chemicals in the drink worked me up, and I knew I wasn't alone. I remember a similar thing happening with the supposedly chemically free 5% Lowenbrau, but other than this, Stella stood out in terms of how it made me feel while I was drinking it and also the following morning, with such a fuzzy head that lasted and lasted and lasted. The Stella 4% though, didn't do this. Perhaps it's because there just wasn't anywhere near the same amount of substance to the drink in ways other than just the alcohol content, but my head was clear the next morning, and I didn't feel awkward or annoyed the evening before when I was drinking it.
As a result, I've tried it a couple of times now, and although the taste and body of the drink are somewhat disappointing, the fact that it doesn't have such a negative physical impact on me elevates Stella Artois in my eyes a little more. I'd still prefer to go for a more generic lower alcohol can, such as Carlsberg or Fosters or Carling, which have a lower alcohol than premium brands anyway and are therefore more used to this process, but the Stella 4% was on offer at 10 cans for £7, and this represented great value per can for me, where the best the other products could offer was 8 cans for the same price.
This won't be the last time I try Stella 4%, and indeed, from now on, if I'm offered this as an option, it's not something I'll automatically dismiss out of hand like I would do the premium strength Stella. Therefore, despite its weaker taste and lighter body, I am recommending this, as it's fine to have for just a few cans now and then.
The other day in Asda I spotted this new (to me) cans of Stella Artois. Although I am not a big drinker and certainly hardly ever touch beer/lager I do appreciate the quality of the brand and so when I saw 4 cans on offer for £3.00 I decided to grab some for a movie night for me and my boyfriend as a bit of a rare treat (we are such tea drinkers!) lol.
The cans are cylinder, silver in colour with ringpulls to the top of them. On the front of the can we are told that they are Stella Artois 4% Triple filtered Lager and then on the backs of the can ingredients are given, the percentage of alcohol is stated and contact details for the manufacturer are listed. The cans and bottles (yes bottles of this are available to purchase too!) do look the usual good quality packaging that Stella is known for but does give off its a lighter lager and not so strong really.
We were really looking forward to this drink. However for me this was a bit of a let down really. Amber coloured and relitevely flat with alot of white, thick foam to the top it it for me this really did taste to me like a sour, low calorie/alcohol offering. Smooth it was, light and not at all sugary or too sweet this does contain a mild flavour of hops with a hint of malt but although I am not a huge fan of lager this to me was far too weak and I didn't get merry on it (which could be a bonus!).
Not lagery enough for me, not malty enough and lacks flavour in my opinion and from now if I buy Stella I buy the usual one!
My four 330ml cans cost me £4.00 (in Asda) though the usual price for 4 bottle or cans of this (in all good supermarkets and off licences) is more like a fiver!
Stella Artois has been around for ages. Of course, most people think it comes from France, as their adverts would lead you to believe. But anyone who is into their beers knows that it has originated from Belgium. It is now brewed all over the world and is one of the best selling lagers.
--A Smooth 'Stella'?--
I liked this beer very much when I was younger, but found that Premium Stella Artois gave me headaches, both during drinking and on the morning after. Also, It has been given various course nick-names over the years too, including the many times repeated "wife-beater". So the company decided to try and alter this image with producing a similar beverage with a lower alcohol level, whilst trying to maintain the flavour and giving the beer a smooth, less gassy texture much like a Bitter. Stella Artois Triple Filtered 4% or Stella Artois La Nouvelle 4 is what they have come up with.
--Availability and Cost--
It's a 4% ABV lager, over 1% less then normal Stella Artois, and in most places seems cheaper to buy in cans and bottles. You looking at around between £4 to £6 for four bottles, depending on the retailer. You can get four 330ml cans for just under £3 at Tesco thought! As a draught lager at bars and pubs, it is still just as expensive as regular Stella Artois, and is not as widely available as the original. Finding it in your local would be unlikely, as mostly it is available in large, free-house style pubs or busy city centre nightclubs.
Packed in a silver/black design, they really have tried to make this set apart from their regular brew, but doesn't fall into that 'weak lager' trap that Carling have done with C2. (which is very poor). Most supermarkets stock this brand now, as they have quickly become aware of it's growing popularity. Some chain and independent off-licenses also stock it, but not as much.
--Taste and Aroma--
In these 275ml bottles, the taste is great and seemingly strong, much like its premium equivalent. You really cannot taste the difference, maybe the after-taste is a little less powerful, but this is a good thing. Its a nice, hoppy/malty flavour, without being too intense or sweet. If anything, it has a slight bitter edge to it, but this gets taken away by the smoothness. Also, make sure you serve ice-cold, because it has a rather odd eggy smell when warm.
It's major benefit though, at least for me personally, it that Stella 4 has all the positives of regular Stella Artois, but doesn't give you that banging headache! This make drinking this lager a pleasure, knowing you are not going to suffer to much. Don't hold me on that though, its your choice on how much you consume, so to quote the government drink-safe standards, drink responsibly. :)
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