Friday, January 15, 2010

Stella Artois


 

Stella Artois

Brewed by:
Stella Artois
Belgium


Euro Pale Lager
 

5.2% ABV







Commercial Description:
Stella Artois is one of the world's best-selling beers and is enjoyed in more than 80 countries. Its full, characteristic flavour and high quality is assured through a superior brewing process and by using the finest ingredients available.
(RateBeer.com)

Background:
Here is a couple interesting historical points. This brewery was founded in 1366 in Leuven Belgium. This particular beer was first brewed in 1929 as a Christmas beer. Stella meaning Star for the Christmas Star and Artois was the family name of the brewery.

I have had this beer several times before in bottle and draft. Last year I purchased a one half keg (50L) for a birthday party we were having at a hall for my sisters. It was a big hit, especially with the American Marco beer crowd. I even purchased a set of Stella gasses for the event. I found it to be a very clean and refreshing pale lager and have purchased several time since. 

General Pricing:
11.2oz bottles, ~$7.00 Six Pack, $28.00 Case.
50L, ½ keg, ~$135 to $160

Review:
This beer pours a pale straw with golden hues and a bright white head. The head initially looked rich and fluffy like it was going to stick around but it quickly turned very soapy and then collapsed. Good carbonation but with fairly large bubbles on the bottom of the glass. I think that’s what killed the head when they rose to the top.

Faint pilsner malts, light hops and a little skunkiness on the nose.

This is a very refreshing beer. There is a very light malt sweetness up front then a very clean effervescence followed by a nice dry hop finish. The only problem with this beer is that the green bottle allows that skunkiness to develop. This is much better on draft. And I know I’ve had bottles that did not have this skunkiness.

Boy it’s a shame; I know that this is a better beer than what I am currently tasting. This skunk taste never really bothered my before. It just seemed to be there with a lot of German beers with green bottles. At one time I thought it was suppose to taste like that. Now that I know that this skunkiness is an effect of too much light getting through the green bottle it bothers me, especially since it is not there in a “fresh” bottle. I do not have a solution. The only thing I can recommend is to buy this beer from a high volume distributer store.

Since this bottle is so tainted I really can’t give this a rating. I will have to purchase a fresh bottle or review a draft version. And just in case you were interested, NO, I did not buy this at State Line Liquors. Serves me right.

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