Stella Artois (/ˌstɛləɑːrˈtwɑː/ STEL-ə ar-TWAH) is a Belgian pilsner of between 4.8 and 5.2 percent ABV which was first brewed by Brouwerij Artois (the Artois Brewery) in Leuven, Belgium, in 1926. Since 2008, a 4.8 percent ABV version has also been sold in Britain, Ireland and Canada.
Stella Artois is now owned by Interbrew International B.V. which is a subsidiary of the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV.
Stella Artois is brewed in Belgium (in the plants at Leuven and Jupille) and the United Kingdom, as well as in other countries. Much of the beer exported from Europe is produced at InBev’s brewery in Belgium, and packaged in the Beck’s Brewery in Bremen, Germany. Stella Artois is also brewed for the Australian market by Lion. In the United States, Stella Artois is imported and distributed by Anheuser-Busch. For the Hungarian market, Stella Artois is brewed in Bőcs, Hungary, by Borsod Brewery, under licence from InBev.
At any rate, Stella is definitely crisper. The flavor is stronger, kinda hoppy, kinda malty, and a little bitter.