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Labatt Blue Royale Light - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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64
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 23.92%
Wants: 0
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: carpandean on 02-24-2014

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Ratings: 52 | Reviews: 16
Photo of cincyfan81
2.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very smooth for the abv not a lot of taste though

Photo of jpd026
1.9/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

not good, in fact bad

Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +17.6%

Labatt Blue Royale Light
12 oz. blue glass bottle, ink-jet dating on the neck of the bottle is illegible
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Apparently blue glass does not protect beer completely from UV rays because I smelled a bit of skunkiness when I first poured this beer.

And what's up with these "light" beers that are actually stronger than normal beers? This one's 6.1% abv with 141 calories as opposed to Labatt Blue which is 5.0% and has 153 calories. If flavor doesn't matter and you're just trying to save calories, but still want the alcohol, drink vodka (an ounce of 80 proof/40% abv is just 64 calories)!

Moving forward, there aren't a lot of hops to it (in flavor, aroma, or bitterness) but at least the alcohol balances the malt. The malt component is lacking as well. I'm not sure if it's adjunct as it doesn't really come off that way, but neither is it particularly grainy. It's just bland, and without any hop flavor to give it a little spice it's just dull. So, the alcohol balances the malt, but does the malt reign in the alcohol? For the most part, yes. The alcohol is apparent, but it's not detracting; and I guess if that's why you're drinking this beer, you want to know that it's there. Based on the number of strong Canadian beers I've tasted in Canada I might suggest that the alcohol is a 'flavor' component they're looking for, but this is not a Canadian product, it's an American product! It's made by Labatt USA. This beer is neither brewed nor sold in Canada. Therefore I can only surmise that this is being marketed to compete with Bud Light Platinum, which also comes in a blue glass bottle, and has a similar alcohol and calorie content at 6.0% abv and 137 calories.

It's an interesting product, sociologically, but it's not worth tasting.

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +56.9%

Labatt Blue Royale Light brewed by Labatt Brewing Company Ltd with an ABV of 6.1% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. This brew has the look of an American style Lager. The smell is rich with grains and some sweetness. So far so good. The taste is not bad, it has a small bit at the end. This brew is smooth all the way around. The aftertaste is fruity but it is not bad. Labatt Blue Royale Light has a nice balance to it for having an ABV of 6.1% The mouthfeel is nice and crisp. They did a nice job with brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labatt Blue Royale Light has a very thick, white head, a mostly clear, yellow-gold appearance, quite noticeable fine white particles roiling about, and a surprisingly heavy amount of lacing clinging to the glass. Aroma is of pungent, sweet & sour grain (think Genesee Ice). Taste is of sweet, malt liquor-like beer, a bit of alcohol, and even a back-note of hops. Again, think of Genesee Ice. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Labatt Blue Royale Light finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. How this is a light beer with 140 calories, I would like to know.

RJT

Photo of bluejacket74
2.72/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

24 ounce can, I think I bought this at Kroger or some other grocery store recently. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear straw gold color with an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Not much to the aroma, just smells like corn and grainy malt to me. I think it tastes pretty much the way it smells, but there's some sweet malt and a white grape flavor noticeable too. It wasn't too bad at first, but I was liking it less and less the closer I got to finishing the can. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's smooth and is well carbonated. I don't think I'd buy this again, but I'd drink it if someone gave me one. I've had far worse brews than this, not bad for being a "light" lager.

Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a blue 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn, some grains. Taste is mild, light grains, a touch of corn, a tad more flavor than your average light beer. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Huge 24 ounce can brewed and bottled where all great Light Canadian lagers are brewed, Rochester, NY of course. This is direct competition with AB's blue bottled Bud Light Platinum weighs in at a 6.1% abv. Pours into a glass pale straw color completely filtered with creamy white textures, fine speckled lacing. Aromatics corn, cereal malts, clean somewhat clean aroma nothing like those malt liquors that normally come in these 24 ounce cans. Flavor fortified sweet flaked corn and cereal notes, cooked veggies, grainy husk notes, mild generic hop burps pretty blah at least it was brewed at High Falls Brewing aka Genesee Brewing. Mouthfeel highly carbonated seltzer water with some slight residual sugars tying all of this together. Not horrible but definitely leaves a lot to desired, What's the guy doing with hoser beer from Canada...I would have thought that Molson Canadian would cease and desist letter for this beer being labeled as a light Canadian Style lager.

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a one finger head of pure white foam and tons of carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is mainly of a corny and bready nature with some hints of a grainy smell as well as some fruity smells of apricot and peach.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter corny flavor mixed with a lighter level of a bready and doughy tastes. The doughy flavors quickly lose ground leaving only a bready flavor on the tongue that is overall very-very light. The corny sweet flavor fade toward the middle then resurge at the end where they are met with some other flavors of a more papery and light grape taste, leaving one with a somewhat off, but decently crisp, sort of wine like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is quite high. The higher carbonation and thinner body create a more champagne like feel for the brew which actually matched very well the lighter and somewhat crisp flavors of the beer.

Overall – Not really a super tasty brew, but is has some odd dry champagne like characteristics that make it more drinkable in conjunction with its thinner body and higher carbonation. Too bad for the more corny and papery flavors or actually this may have been a much more enjoyable brew.

Photo of woodychandler
2.54/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I CAN hear the guffaws from here, but when one embarks on The CANQuest (TM), one must expect that there will be dissenters. Onward!

From the CAN: "Light CANadian Style Lager".

A 22-oz. CAN prevents an inverted Glug! following the Crack!, but not an aggro pour. It really foamed up quickly, producing three fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with low retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. I looked like liquid sunshine in my glass and speaking of liquid sunshine, that is what we have here today. It is chilly, grey and raining and I am spending the afternoon reducing some of the backlog. Man, sticking my snout into the glass got me nothing but a gaseous whiff of silage! Gag. Unless you really like fermented corn, this is not a pleasant experience. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was awfully sugary-sweet, but not as corn-ridden as the nose had led me to expect. Finish was sweet, but not cloying. I have CANsumed a lot of AALs, and like other styles, they are not created equal. This was somewhere in the upper end of the spectrum, but even so, one was enough.

My original, bottle review dtd 08 Mai 2014 follows:

Today is a Blue day, what with my having just re-reviewed Bud Light Platinum, which also comes in a pretty blue bottle. I will admit to being a sucker for pretty things and this spent bottle will go on my windowsill to brighten my day as needed.

From the bottle: "Light Canadian Style Lager".

My aggro pour netted two fingers of rapidly dissipating fizzy bone-white head with poor retention. Color was a washed-out light yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose actually smelled halfway decent, filled with adjuncts like corn, sure, but not in a sickening way like my last review. Mouthfeel was thin, light, ethereal and the taste was like so many of its ilk: slightly husky, some corn, relatively sweet. Finish was semi-sweet and mostly unobtrusive. This would be a great lawnmower beer. Me = damning with faint praise.

Photo of lagerlover888
3.4/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Idk everyone is hating on it of course they are going for the bud platinum crowd and they hit the nail on the head. It has a much better taste its smoother and gives a great drunk fast cause of the high alcohol after 3 of these I was buzz in and after 6 I was feeling real good. Its way better then bud platinum and is wayyy better then any of the ice beers... This is honestly one of my favorite beers because of the high percentage and still smooth.

Photo of joe12pk
2.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Got a 24 ounce can on the way home from work. Was looking for something else, but for $1.99, what the heck.

A - Light gold. Half inch head doesn't last long. No lacing.

S - Corn, malt, and a mild booziness.

T - Corn, malt. A nice peppering of hops on the front of the tongue that lingers. Cool! Unfortunately, there is an alcohol/metal taste that lingers also. Not cool.

M - Light

O - Quite refreshing if served ice-cold. The warmer it gets, the more pronounced the booze aftertaste. I really enjoyed this compared to other high alcohol adjuncts. Not great, but I might try it again when the summer heats up.

Photo of thecheapies
1.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pale straw color. Extremely light in color. Fizzy head burned away speedily.

Sweet musty adjunct grain. Somewhat stale. Some corn, some rice; crispness is okay. Hard to track down a hop element.

Ethanol, cooked grains, steeped sweetness, tart green apple skins, rice cake, and a stitch of gasoline. I was expecting something a bit more tolerable.

The feel is kind of watery. A little thicker, perhaps. Short-lived fizziness in the mouth feels more like an afterburn. Plus, I taste too much alcohol.

Would never turn to this one again.

Photo of carpandean
2.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: comes in a beautiful blue bottle and pours a pale golden color with some noticeable head.

Smell: typical North American macro smell of corn and light hops that reminds you of a fraternity party, though with a bit more alcohol smell to it.

Taste: a bit more flavorful than a typical light beer, but again nothing unusual for a North American macro, besides that hint of ethanol. A little malty sweetness is present.

Overall: the best that I can say is that if someone were to hand one to you without telling you that it's a light beer, not much other than the label would give that away. It has more flavor and kick than most lights. The first two that I had were at different temperatures and the colder one (very cold) was more enjoyable. I could see this as a good summer BBQ beer, where you don't want the calories, but might want to "tie one on."

Photo of Brenden
2.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Labatt just rolled this one out to grab the niche Budweiser opened up with Platinum. It might be the worst thing yet, but where Platinum was all fumes, turpentine, and the essence of nightmares and terror, this beer is tolerable.

It's clear and a brilliant bright pale-medium gold. The pure white head actually shows a sturdy fluffy consistency and decent construction, forming a cap of half a finger's height and leaving some pretty even, if slight, spotting.
The smell is all ethanol, grains and sweet corn, though not to the degree Platinum takes it. Some malts actually show, and even a bit of leaf might just be in there.
Sweet up front and all the way through, it somehow never takes the sickening turn Platinum or some of the "Ice" beers (predecessors?) do. It's grainy and corn husk is certainly there, but it has less of the stomach-turning vegetal notes. The ethanolic heat is absolutely there, but not to the degree of its (horrific) competitor.
It's bright enough, certainly crisp, and even a little fluffy. It is also, though, thin and watery with a slickness to it and by no means clean.

Photo of EWO734
1.48/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Oh my, is this rough. They're definitely going for the Bud Light Platinum market on this one, and they missed hard. I like the buzzy, quenching macrobrews, even an occasional bottom shelf malt liquor, and I'm having difficulty finishing this. The predominant taste here is the alcohol, with a cooked corny undercurrent. It finishes clean as a light, but even the 6.1% alcohol wouldn't account for the burn. Next time I want to get an ethanol smack to the face, I'll stick with the rectified spirits. Least-ways that looks better.

The cobalt-blue of the bottle is legitimately beautiful, though.

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Labatt Blue Royale Light from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
64 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.