Lager 5.2% ABV
Stella Artois is a pilsner lager, bottom fermented in Belgium. This beer was first brewed in 1926 as a Christmas beer, hence the name "Stella" for star. The brewery's history extends back to 1366. Stella is a tasty beer, one I enjoy anytime. Many lagers of this type I only like when it is hot, but Stella has a broader range than this. Despite being a pilsner, it tastes "Belgian" to me. There is a solidity and heaviness to the beer that is accentuated by a just slightly sour taste.
The beer is golden and beautiful, with a short white head. The bottle is well designed, but the little strip of paper on the cap vexes me.
I gladly enjoy this beer anytime in bottles. When I can find it on tap, I'll order a pitcher to go with dinner. I've found it a good accompaniment to spicy food such as Southwestern or Indian. As much as I like this beer, I cannot drink it everyday. I have to switch it up after a while. I am uncertain of the reason for this, because otherwise I often crave this beer.