Stella Artois was first produced in Leuven, Belgium. It is currently entirely made in the United States. It takes great pride in having a sizeable Belgian heritage. InBev was acquired by Anheuser-Busch in 2008, and Stella Artois was bought as part of that deal. Because the name "Stella" means "star" and relates to the Christmas star, a star has always been prominently featured on Stella Artois bottles. A lower ABV was used in the UK, Ireland, Canada, and Australia. However, the beer was manufactured all over the world.
Stella Artois is a classic Belgian lager with a golden hue and a floral hop aroma that combines well with its fruity, malty sweetness, somewhat crisp hop bitterness, and supple dry finish. Four natural ingredients—malted barley, hops, maize, and water—give Stella Artois a crisp palate that enhances its exceptional quality and distinctive flavor. The crisp, pale malt aromas balance the sweet herbal undertone and lingering hop finish.
Stella Artois is currently available in the U.S. at 5% ABV. While some publications claim that A.B. InBev reduced Stella Artois' alcohol content in the United Kingdom from 5.2 percent ABV to 4 percent in 2008, others argue that it dropped from 5 percent to 4.8 percent in 2012.
Stella Artois Brewery created several beer kinds in addition to its well-known Belgian pale lager due to the great demand from consumers. See below for a list of its various varieties.
- Stella Artois Cidre: This contains 4.5% ABV and tastes dry and crisp apple sweetness.
- Stella Artois Petite Lager: This contains 5.0% ABV and gives the taste of Floral aroma, Dry, and Hop bitterness.
- Stella Artois Solstice Lager: This contains 4.5% ABV and gives the taste of a Crisp, Citrusy, Clean, and Smooth finish.
- Stella Artois Midnight Lager: This contains 5.4% ABV and gives the taste of Dark chocolatey, Smoky, and Mild hints of espresso.
- Stella Artois Liberte: This contains 0% ABV and has Balanced malt sweetness, Floral aroma, and Dry.