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      29.08.2013 17:46
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      Reassuringly avoidable

      I'm not a fan of lager in general. At least, not the stuff that swamps that shelves of the beer section in the supermarkets that calls itself lager. I'm not sure that most of the bafflingly popular lagers like Carling, Fosters and, yes I'm going to include Stella Artois in that lot, should even be called 'beer' since they don't taste remotely like beer, so perhaps they should have another name. Dribble-fizz-ASBO-gunk might be a better name, but it's not that catchy. Certainly not as memorable as Stella Artois' repugnant nickname of 'wifebeater', whihc it no doubt got from not from its potent 4.8% ABV, but more from violent thugs who happened to drink this stuff. Correlation and causation, etc.

      Anyway, Stella Artois has a very slick marketing division. Clearly eager to distance themselves from being associated with lager-fuelled domestic violence, they've run a series of sophisticated ads that project this stuff as an image of golden nectar of ultimate refreshment. In the TV commercials, it even glows with an in the dreary colour treatment that they give the sets of early 20th century France. Somewhere along the line its status has been improved, as I've run into people who think it's some sort of premium beer -to each their own, but I don't agree. Its tagline is even 'reassurngly expensive', as if somehow hiking the price up is going to deceive us that this is in fact nothing but a load of fizzy, artificial tasting dreck.

      I've had this several times. Out of cans it's disgusting. On draught, it's also pretty grim. Even before tasting it, I always got the impression that there was something wrong with it. Held up to the light there's something that looks amiss. It *smells* wrong. Waving the frothy-headed pale stuff under my nose makes me recoil a bit - it smells a bit lager-y, but there's something else in there, something a bit chemically. It's faint, but it comes through stronger on the aftertaste. Taking a mouthful isn't too bad, it's almost refreshing and nowhere near as sticky as things like Fosters. Yet that ether-esque aftertaste is there, and it dried my throat out in that dangerous way that cider does. So far, I'm not enjoying it.

      It also had a horrific side effect on me. I'm not the biggest of drinkers any more, but about 10 years ago in my university days I could hold my own with the most hardened of CAMRA members. I once went to a party where the only beer being served was Stella. It was a long night, so I had about five pints, which back then wasn't a huge amount, but since it was pushing £3 per pint my wallet said it was enough. I've never really reacted badly to any sort of alcohol, not beyond the norm of getting a bit wobbly then sleepy, and my hangovers were always proportionate and deserved. And I never get memory loss from a night on the beers, except this once. Stella wiped my memory, got me completely trashed very quickly and gave me a hangover that would have dropped a charging rhino. Clearly Stella has something in it that doesn't agree with my brain, besides the obvious taste and price tag. Its name is derived from the Latin for 'star'. I'd say it had more in common with a black hole, given its ability to suck out the contents of my brain and wallet at the same time. I suppose they said 'drink responsibly', and I may possess a degree of free will,so I guess I can't lay all the blame on Stella. Still, I don't think Black Sheep would have had the same effect.

      Maybe, once, Stella was nice, when it was brewed centuries ago by monks on the continent. But now it's just another name in the big catalogue of horrible, sticky dribble-fizz-ASBO-gunk that blots out the memory, tastes a bit weird and costs far too much. A 4-pack of tins will cost you about 5 or 6 pounds, but I'd not recommend it at all. If you're after a refreshing lager, Budvar is much nicer, as is Sam Smith's Organic Lager, but I'd avoid this one.

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        26.07.2013 17:49
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        By far my favourite beer

        This is my favourite when it comes to beer or lager and it would seem its the country's favourite as well, that's good news as it comes discounted in most of the super markets most of the time.

        First brewed in 1926 as a seasonal beer for the Christmas period in a brewery in Leuven, Belgium, the brewery that brewed this has been around for hundreds of years.

        The original strength of this beer was 5.2% and it was quickly given the nickname of "wife beater" this was based on the supposed behavioural effects of the drink, Rum also has a similarly known name "the golden wifebeater" Rum is my second favourite drink after Stella, but I must say never had that effect on me, a more fitting name would be jibber jabber as after a good few that's all the talk you can manage. In 2008 they brought out a lower alcohol version sporting 4% which is still lot higher than a low alcohol beer. They sneaked the strength down to 5% at some point and then in 2012 it went down again to 4.8% I think this is for the UK market only though. They also have released a cider in 2011.

        The production of this beer is now located all around the world as well as still being brewed in Belgium, UK and Australia are just 2 of the places now brewing it.
        There are four ingredients in Stella these are water, malted barley, maize and hops this will give you about 200 calories per 440ml can or in other words a beer belly to be proud of.
        There are 8 different bottle sizes available starting from 250ml up to 1 litre and cans start at 330ml and go up to a pint can with 2 other sizes in between, plenty to choose from and baffle the purchaser with pricing.

        Almost forgot the good part, the drinking, first of I put mine in the fridge and 10 minutes before drinking I finish it of in the freezer, the taste is clean and crisp, goes down nicely and can be drank quickly without feeling bloated, although saying that it is best drank at a good pace as at 4.8% you will feel the effect of the alcohol quite quickly. Remember always drink wisely and enjoy.

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          22.06.2013 20:53
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          This is now my lager of choice!

          ---Intro---
          Since I've just stolen a can of my boyfriend's Stella out of the fridge (now that I'm temporarily drinking) I thought I should take the opportunity to write a review of it.

          Lager isn't generally my drink of choice (preferring cider for a thirst quenching alcoholic drink), but I will drink it if it's there and have enjoyed it since I was 15 and went on holiday to France with the aim of 'learning to enjoy lager' - honestly, what was I like?!

          Stella is my boyfriend's lager of choice, while I'm not really bothered what lager I'm drinking, being happy with Fosters, Carling or Carlsberg (to name a few)- although NOT Heineken (which I have often declared 'tastes of cat's piss' despite never obviously having drunk that), I draw the line there!


          ---Stella info, and the can etc---
          However since being with my boyfriend I have drunk a fair bit of Stella, and am willing to concede that it is a good quality lager, and probably if I was given a line up of lagers and asked to pick one to drink (without cost being a factor), then I probably would pick this.

          I'm not going to give a pointless history of Stella here - there is no point - if you want to fine out you can Google it! The can says on it that it's Belgium's Original Premium Lager Beer.

          The can is mainly white and silver in colour, with the red Stella logo. The can is made of 50% recycled aluminium and can be recycled.


          ---What's in it?---
          I don't want to hazard a guess at the amount of calories in a can of lager, so I will not be searching for that information to include in this review. I imagine it is more than I care to imagine!

          The ingredients are water, malted barley, maize, and hops. It has 4.8%. Stella also do a 4% version - personally I don't think it is as good.

          The 440ml can contains 2.1 units of alcohol which is more than the weaker lagers (obviously), so be careful if you're going to drink a lot of it . Like most alcohol, there are drinking warnings on the can such as that picture of what is meant to be a pregnant woman but actually just looks like a slightly overweight woman drinking!

          ---The taste---
          Stella Artois tastes unmistakably of lager. It has just the right amount of fizz (obviously a bit gassy, but no more than others), and I think that it has a smooth quality about it. It really just tastes like good quality lager, and there is no nasty aftertaste. It is good to drink on its own, or with food - in fact one of my reasons for opening this can was that I'm having pie for dinner (I'm having a REALLY unhealthy night!) so thought it would go perfectly with that, and it does.

          It tastes bests chilled from the fridge...however, having had warmer cans in the past due to necessity, it's actually fairly drinkable like that too. Personally I always prefer drinking straight from the can, but I know others prefer it from a glass.


          ---Finally---
          My boyfriend tends to buy this when it's on special offer. Currently they are selling three 10 packs in Tesco for £22 (making it 73p per can) which I think is a fair price for a premium lager. If you're a lager drinker you will already have made up your mind about Stella Artois. However, if you don't drink lager and are having a party, then I can highly recommend getting some of this in!

          5 out of 5 stars from me.

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            04.06.2013 15:50
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            The ideal way to enjoy a refreshing glass of Stella Artois

            Well summer has finally arrived and probably the most popular product in the supermarkets and pubs is lager. Today there are so many to choose from but one of my favourites is Stella Artois. A true gem from Belgium.
            Stella Artois is a premium lager. A little history about Stella Artois is that it started out as a Christmas beer. It became so popular that the company decided to sell all year round. By 1960 approximately 100 million litres were being produced annually. In 1976 it was being brewed under licence in the U.K. by Whitbread.
            In 1993 the company opened a fully automated brewery in Leuven, Belgium and by 2006 the annual production had exceeded a billion litres.
            In the pubs it's a little bit more expensive than some of the other lagers but it is also a little bit stronger, so you do get an extra sharp taste for the extra money you pay out. Sitting in the pub garden drinking a pint of Stella certainly has a relaxing effect on me. I know you have other elements to cope with when sitting in a beer garden like little insects flying about and little kids running about but the Stella sends all those little pests into oblivion! I have also found that the quality doesn't differ that much when comparing Stella at different pubs. This cannot be said for some of the other beers I have com across
            If you prefer to drink at home then that's ideal. The one good thing is the beer will be cheaper. When looking around for good deals always remember to compare like with like. Stella Artois comes in different size cans and bottles. They sell cans in the following sizes, 440 ml and 568ml. They also sell bottles in the following sizes 284ml and 660ml. So when comparing prices at different outlets always make sure you are comparing the correct size cans or bottles.
            It's not really going to be worth putting all the current prices at the different supermarkets because after a couple of days they will all be out of date.
            Just remember whether it's in a pub or from a supermarket just enjoy your glass of Stella in the sun!

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              31.05.2013 13:58

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              a great product

              I love a nice cold beer especially on a hot day. Although it hasn't always got the best reputation, Stella Artois is my favourite. You can buy it in a can or in a bottle and in a number of different pack sizes. In my local Tesco you can buy a pack of 4 568ml cans for £5 or a 4 pack of 284ml bottles for £3. They are 5.2% vol but you can now get a lower percentage at 4% vol. It is between 250 to 260 calories per pint.

              The drink comes in a Green, slender glass bottle with a whit label on the front. On the label is the company logo, what the product is and the alcohol percentage. There is a label on the back which contains all of the relevant information; ingredients, warnings etc. There is also a small sticker around the neck of the bottle.

              The larger itself, I think, is very smooth and easy to drink. Considering the alcohol content is fairly high for a beer it does not taste that way. The flavours go very well together and it takes quite a while for it to go flat.

              Overall I like this product but it is fairy strong. I would suggest trying the lower alcohol content range if you have never drank this before or if you don't drink that much, it tastes the same but has less alcohol.

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              28.04.2013 23:29
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              A great, premium lager!

              When it comes to lager it is not something that I drink very often due to watching my weight and going to the gym and the likes. Mainly at weekends though this is something I am offered at my Mum and Stepdads house, particularly when its like it has been past couple of weekends with it being warm and sunny and them having a lovely garden to sit in and have barbecues!

              My Stepdad buys these in bulk to last the three of us all over a weekend which is usually 20 bottles however these can be bought in less bottle choices plus cans as well and at the moment he has been buying these in Tesco at 10 bottles for just £10.00 and buying a couple of lots of those of course to get the much needed 20 of them we like lol.

              The Packaging:

              Like I say we have these in the bottle form which come in a cardboard cover type thing which acts as a carry case and on that all the information that is supplied on each of the see through glass bottles is given.

              The bottles all hold 284ml which is just a tad over half a pint meaning with two bottles you get just over a pint so as you can see 20 bottles of a weekend between three people don't go far so we hardly go on the rampage after drinking these lol!

              On the front of the bottle and on a white and red label we are told that it is Stella Artois Premium Lager, Beer 'Belgium's Original and then on the back label other information given includes the ingredients being listed, that the bottle is made from recycled glass, we are told that a bottle this size contains 1.4 units each, Alc 4.8 vol and advice on drinking units is given and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The bottle has a white coloured lid that needs to be removed using a proper lid pull type thing and all in all the bottle is as informative as its needs to be.

              The Lager Itself:

              Light gold in colour this is not a gassy lager but it does have a gentle fizz and a bit of life in it and I have to admit this is one of my favourites. It must be served cold for me, warm lager is just a nightmare in my book and this is just a really refreshing drink to all of us and it always goe's down very well indeed!

              It has a nice hop taste to it with hint of malt that isn't too much and is made from Water, Malted Barley, Maize and Hops and it has a distinctive flavour to me cos it is quite strong in alcohol flavour, in other words it isn't weak in taste and it isn't over done with sugars or artificial sweeteners in any way at all!

              There are cheaper lagers out there and stronger ones but in my humble opinion this is just simply good quality and a good flavour all combined and its worth paying a little more for and we will continue to drink this as a family, with our meals for many years to come I'm sure lol.

              Available in all good supermarkets, off licence etc.

              This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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              03.02.2013 18:02
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              Went down well at my dinner party so was well happy.

              I first came across Stella Artois many years ago in my late Teens early thirties ha ha.
              No seriously It was a firm favorite with me from an early age. I have recently fallen in love with this lovely beer again having not taken a drink for quite a few years. This for no real or apparent reason other than I just stopped drinking for a fairly long period. Don't recall why? certainly was not health orientated, as I just never drank that much anyway.

              I love the quite sharp taste it has, a bit acidic in flavour but smooth and gentle on going down the throat, gentle and slightly warming quality, refreshing and light. I know contradicting itself quite well but that is how it feels smooth cool light and refreshing with a bit of a acidic backbite to it.

              There is no other lager that quite compares to it the closest I have come to it is Grolsch shh.

              I think the nice green bottle with the white label with a red section in the middle with Stella Artois written in white across this red section is understated but stands out well and I would have no problem picking it out on the shelf. I and my husband usually go for the case which is predominantly white with the Stella logo plastered on all four sides. Our usual box holds around 20 x 284ml bottles and cost this time around £10 as it was on offer in Morrison's.

              Brilliant, as we were having a dinner party with friends and needed a beer that everyone enjoyed. Suited the occasion perfectly and there were absolutely no complaints. We bought wine to go with the food and also had some home-brew which always goes down well. So we were well sorted. The dinner party went without a hitch and everyone one was pleased with my culinary skills so the beer and wine did the job there pretty well then.

              This beer is made with water, malted barley,Maize and hops. It is a premium continental lager which has a 4/8% volume. Nice and easy to drink and goes well with most things.

              It has been around since 1366 as Tax records exist from this period, Made for Leuven-located brewery Den Horen (literally meaning "the horn" in Dutch/Flemish). In 1708, Sebastien Artois became the master brewer at Den Horen, and gave his name to the brewery in 1717. Since then it has been produced world wide and has several other types of beer Stella Artois Cid re which was a recent launch on the market.
              "Cid re not cider". As the advert will tell you.

              Stella have been linked with many sporting venues and have vast advertising links with several films and television appearances. It is used and drunk worldwide and I for one think it is a pretty lovely light and refreshing beer.

              I am even more enamoured with it after holding the dinner party as all guests were well happy with our choice of beverage. What more can I say but bottoms up!.

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              17.12.2012 18:12

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              good beer stupid glasses

              Stella is a very good brand of lager. It is available almost everywhere, pubs and bars sell it on draught. I prefer the bottles to draught and cans it seems to stay fizzy longer although that may just be in my head. It is a nice drink that must be served super cold like all lager. I think the assumtion that it makes people go mad and kick off is a myth or an excuse for some people who drink more than they can handle. It makes a nice change to carling and is a reasonably priced lager .I have also recently tried the stella cidre very crisp, quite sweet but to expensive for me in the pubs. A downside to drinking stella when you are out is the very big vase like glasses it's served in, I'm terrified of knocking them over or braking them. It's good to remember always drink reponsibly

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              06.04.2012 23:26
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              A nice lager for the summer :)

              Stella is a brand of beer brewed in Belgium, it's over 600 years old as a brand and has many misconceptions, it's is commonly referred to as wife beater! Which I believe is not a true representation of the lager. Stella has a great taste and is what I call a proper lager, unlike fosters and carlsberg which are weak and mostly tasteless on there own (without a top) Stella caries a distinctive taste which some people love, whilst others hate.

              You either like this or you don't, that's the simple truth. Stella is usually more expensive to buy than the other brands due to its high alcholol volume. You only need a few cans and your gone, where as with carlsberg you can drink it all night and still stand up.

              Stella have advertised there lager for many years now, with catchy television advertisements. They have also just released a 4% lager which is much smoother on the mouth, it is less strong, but is extremely tasty and is much better than fosters at this strength. Stella tastes great at both percentages, which shows its brewed nicely.

              Stella is normally coloured white or sliver on their cans and is recognisable on the shelf, it doesn't stand out as much as fosters or the other brands, but it is distinctive. Stella is very popular with the older generation, most men in my local will have a pint of stella.

              Stella is produced in Belgium, not France as the adverts may suggest. I would recommend anyone to try Stella because it is completely different to other lagers out there. I have never beaten up anyone's wife after drinking Stella, so I would say it is pretty safe to drink! I have never felt aggressive after drinking stella. I would not advice having a pint of Stella and driving, due to the high alcholol content, it is never worth the risk of drinkin and driving.

              Overall this is a nice beer that has a unique taste, it is well worth trying, you may love it or you may hate it! It's a defined taste. Stella has a strong taste compared to others and the after taste will last a long time, its one of my top three lagers and I would recommend you try it out next time your down the pub!

              Thanks for reading, hope it helped you out a bit :)

              Josh

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                21.09.2011 13:10

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                A charming lager slightly expensive but really delivers on taste and texture.

                I had my first taste of Stella Artois roughly 4 years ago on mine and my partners first date :) good times. I was very surprised at the fact that it didn't taste like cat wee it was refreshingly delightful with a slight fizz and a smooth texture. I have continued to drink it on and off especially on a hot summers day with a dash of lemonade!! I would recommend it to anybody who wants to get completely obliterated on a night out with friends as it is incredibly strong and will go straight to your head.. It's slightly more expensive than other lagers but is very good value for money as it certainly serves its purpose!! I would recommend it to any lager drinker and anyone who fancies delving into the wonder which is lager and has never tried lager before. You will enjoy it and have a great time ;) On the other hand it is extremely calorific and will cause you to have a homer simpson belly should you par take in enjoying it regularly.

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                In moderation a fine lager

                It was some 20 years ago that I first sampled a pint of Stella Artois on draft in a pub, at that time I recall that this larger was marketed as being 'reassuring expensive'.. It certainly had a flavour which was distinctive from other larger and packed quite a punch. Sadly over the last several years the brand's image seems to have gone into free-fall, although this does not seem to have affected its price premium as far as the draught version is concerned. It's common nickname has become as I'm sure your aware, 'wife beater'. A paranoid few claim that it contains some special ingredient which unleashes a violent streak which is difficult to control. Stella have been working hard at re-establishing their tarnished image over the last few years, and seem to be having some success with that.

                The alcohol content is around 5.2%proof which is at the higher range of standard beers and larger, although other brands do not seem to have suffered an image flat-line in the same way as Stella. In my own experience I have only occasionally favoured drinking Stella as it is quite expensive per pint in a pub, what I would tend to do is perhaps have 2 or 3 pints of a standard larger and then round off the evening with a pint or two of Stella as a bit of a treat.

                I consider it a treat because although lagers tend to be much of muchness wherever you go one or two local pubs seem to have built up the 'capability' to produce a pint of Stella from the barrel which is pretty much close to perfection. I have by comparison had a pint of Stella drawn by inexperienced bar staff in pubs where clearly the management has no real feel for how to look after their beer. The pint comes out with 'fairy liquid' bubbles on the top and goes flat almost immediately. Personally this makes me feel very angry but this could be just the Stella talking. The sad thing is you know that in that kind of pub that complaining would be a futile activity, as theiy would look at you as if you were speaking in tongues, or the lyrics to Black Sabbath.

                The drink itself at its best has a beautiful golden glow, a nice thin creamy head which retains its integrity for most of the pint. The larger itself effervesces slightly in the glass with just the right amount of bubbles. The taste when it hits my tongue is strong and full and sometimes when the cock crows and sun is over the yard arm, gives that 'Ice cold in Alex' experience.

                By some magical alchemy Stella a few years ago created a 'special' glass, with a sexy curve slimmer at the bottom than the top, I don't know how they came up with it but I swear that the beer realy does taste far better in one of the 'proper' glasses. My hear sinks a little when I see a barperson picking up a standard pint glass when I've asked for a pint of Stella, I immediately feel short changed.

                Unfortunately the glasses proved so popular locally that evil tea-leaves pinched them in such quantities that they were withdrawn. I swear that I've even seen highly respectable middle aged women taking a fancy to the stemmed version of the glass and shoving it surreptitiously into their handbags as they leave the pub.

                The price of a pint of Stella locally has now risen to about £.3.30 and despite government claims that beer is now cheaper than it's ever been we all know that it's now become far too expensive for many people to enjoy outside the home. Some of the more basic establishments do supply the canned version usually from a warm fridge for around £2.50. Although I believe this is technically not allowed it seems to be one of the main ways these pubs can keep going.

                You can of course buy Stella to enjoy at home, I'm not sure of the multifarious ways in which it is sold, but in my opinion the bottles are far superior to the cans. The advantage is that per can it's a cheaper option than even the more basic public houses, and you can make sure that the can is chilled to the right temperature to get the best flavour from the drink. There are often deals available in most large supermarkets with a 'slab' of (10-12) cans costing around £7.50 when on offer.

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                  The hangovers are worth it

                  Always served in a fancy glass or embossed can, with continental sophistication, even the adverts hint at the beer being something special. It is hard to believe that this beer could have a somewhat muddy reputation. Known to many as wife beater this is a nickname that is hardly deserved. First brewed in Belgium in 1366 this beer has certainly endured the test of time and rightly so. For me this is one of the nicest readily available lagers in the world.

                  At 5% it is way ahead of the standard lagers of fosters and Carling and this can make drinking anymore than 3 or 4 pints make you feel a little light headed. Drinking 8 pints of the stuff over the night will have you bouncing off the walls, I myself have experienced many of these nights out. But I can quite honestly say I have never felt the need to go home and beat my other half.
                  It is certainly not one of the cheapest lagers available, but like anything, you get what you pay for. A pack of 4 cans can set you back between £4-5 and a crate of the stuff for around £20-24. In the pub you can pay pretty much anything. I have seen it as cheap as £1.99 and up to £4.

                  As with all lagers this is best served cold and is a perfect accompaniment to a meal because of its light and fizzy taste. A Sunday dinner is somehow not complete without a half glass of Stella sat by your plate. The only issue I have with this beer is the hangover that inevitably accompanies a night out. A Stella Artois hangover is without doubt one of the most intense. I have drank many strong beers, wine and spirits on a night out without too much bother but there is something about Stella that wants you to remember you were drinking it the night before.

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                  It's an okay lager that doesn't deserve its bad social reputation.

                  I am not a big lager drinker - I generally prefer cider if I want a longer pint-style drink, but over a weekend we spent camping, I was offered and tried Stella Artois for the first time. Prior to this, my only knowledge and experience of Stella Artois had been that it was a lager that sponsored the tennis championships at Queen's club (although I don't think it does any more!).

                  Stella Artois, or simply "Stella" as it is more commonly referred to is, I am informed, originally from Belgium. It actually doesn't have a very good reputation as it is the type of drink that stereotypically is thought to be drunk by young yobby types who are interested in knocking as much down their throats as possible (obviously that wasn't me!). Having said that, the group of people that I was camping with do not fit that stereotype at all, at yet they profess to regularly drink Stella. An 18 can pack of Stella, which contains 440 mls in each can, costs £16.67 from Tesco's - which equates to just £0.93 per can or just £2.11 per litre - which really is ridiculously cheap if you compare this to similar Lagers like Heineken (£2.78 per litre). I think, therefore that this is often drunk by younger people who are drinking to excess because its cheaper - and hence the reputation.

                  I can't say I loved the taste of the Stella, but compared to a few others I have tried is seemed a little more palatable as it didn't have that really bitter and yeasty aftertaste that I've encountered before with lager. It does have a strong flavour but it is quite a smooth flavour that slips down fairly easily. There is a little fruitiness about this lager, but it is not sweet or syrupy and my palate after I had swallowed the liquid felt quite clean.

                  Overall, I thought this lager was fine....for a lager....and I can kind of understand why people drink it. Because it was fairly gassy I did feel quite bloated after drinking 4 cans and my head was beginning to feel a little swimmy.....and yes, I did have a hangover the following morning! I don't think this drink deserves the bad reputation it has, but I don't think anyone should be downing 10 cans one after the other as I say one guy do!

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                    13.06.2011 18:11
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                    Great lager, cheap, nice tasting.

                    I've found out my new favourite drink... Stella!! Im very fond of many lagers (and bitters), particularly the stronger sort around 5% as i find these have a much richer, nicer taste to them; which is a lot better than your typical watered-down lagers such as Fosters, Carlsberg etc. Stella is also relatively cheap for its strength, which makes it an excellent option for many people. Forget the connatations of Stella being the "wife-beater" lager, that is only for lightweights, but this beer i also deem perfect to drink with meals. Its smooth taste blends well with many types of food (particularly a good curry!).

                    I have had many top nights out with sufficient "Stella's," and it is a perfect drink for you if you just fancy a few beers; or even a few too many beers!! Some people say Stella (as well as Grolsch) have particular additives added to them which makes people seem a bit more drunk than they should be, and if this is true, this may be a slight disadvantage.

                    Overall, a great lager!!!

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                      08.05.2011 16:23
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                      Its actually Belgian dontchaknow?

                      Stella Artois is one of the most popular lager brands on the planet, although the popular misconception is that it is a typically French brand, it is actually brewed in Belgium.

                      It is 5.2% and has been brewed for over 600 years, since 1366, which I bet not a lot of other brands can boast.

                      For me when you mention popular lager brands, this would appear in the first 3 or 4 brands I could think of, it is available everywhere, from your local stores, through supermarkets, off-licences, pubs, bars and restaurants. And this is just in the UK, it is a massive global brand which actually does pretty well at matching good pricing with decent quality and excellent marketing.

                      You can buy Stella in bars in pint or half pint form and in cans or bottles in the supermarket, a 660ml bottle costs £1.56 whilst a 4 pack of 440ml cans costs £3.82 in Asda, compare this to at the least £1.99 for a pint in a bar and this is a drink best enjoyed at home.

                      The drink itself is best served chilled and is fresh and hoppy, it has a really strong flavour of wheat and hops and a slight bubble to it which means you can get gas or a stomach ache after too many.

                      Due to the strength it is advisable to drink sensibly and never drink and drive, this is probably the most popular lager in the UK and I have to admit its not bad, its not one of my favourites, simply because it sits heavy on the stomach and whilst it has a hoppy wheaty flavour I prefer something a little more nuanced, however this is the kind of beer that would combine nicely with a decent hearty stew or something filling for your dinner.

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                    Stella Artois is a 5.2% ABV global lager first brewed in Leuven, Belgium in 1366 as a Christmas brew, and named Stella after the Latin for star. It is brewed in Belgium and the UK, as well as other countries such as Australia. Stella Artois is the best selling premium lager in the UK beer market, and is promoted as an international brand by InBev. In its home market of Belgium, however, it is marketed, priced and sold as a regular lager.