One of the brightest stars in the Firmament of Beers has to be Belgium's (now Anheuser-Busch InBev's, but still made in Belgium, and elsewhere ...yeah!) Stella Artois, which stars in this edition of Matt's Beer We Go!

"Stella," meaning "star" in Latin, has been brewed since 1926 and was put on the market, so says our friends at Wikipedia, for the Christmas holiday season. Its success lead to its continued brewing, where it now stands as one of InBev's keystone global brands. Such humble beginnings to such stardom!! Okay, enough "star" jokes, I promise.

I used to drink a lot of Stella, but it's fallen out of my repertoire somewhat; it is indeed a unique flavoured beer, something I liken to Heineken somewhat (although don't tell the makers that, they'd want my head no doubt!).

On we go! This one definitely requires a bottle opener or a hard pair of teeth, and when poured, displays a nice golden yellow colour, akin to apple juice. You will note there's not too much of it displayed in my pic - I had drank nearly 3/4 of the bottle before I remembered to snap the pic!!

The nose (not that beer drinkers spend too much time sniffing around for flavours) was fresh and lightish, and flavourful, chiefly a little sweet and hoppy.

The real money is in the taste however! It is quite grainy, and has a certain depth and edge to it, a certain hoppy bite (if that makes any sense, which it damn well might not). I wouldn't go calling this a "refreshing" beer, but it isn't completely dry either.

A slight bitterness does take over with accompanying dryness and even a little apple, and continued grainy goodness.

Soo! This beer isn't clean, crisp or refreshing particularly, but it has a soul, a depth of flavour, a certain...roundddddddness to it that keeps me coming back on occasion when I want something different. And hey, most of a pack disappeared when I hosted WrestleMania; what proof more is needed!

*** out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$2.25 (US$2.24).


LCBO #898593
Beer, Lager
5% Alcohol/Vol.
Made in: Belgium
By: Anheuser-Busch InBev

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