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Labatt Ice - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
63
poor

173 Ratings
THE BROS
67
poor

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 27.48%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Labatt Ice, introduced in 1993, was the world's first Ice-Brewed™ beer and the most successful new brand introduction in Canadian brewing history. Labatt Ice is a fully fermented beer that is allowed to mature at cold temperatures. Labatt Ice uses selected North American hops to complement its smooth, full flavour.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-30-2001)
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Reviews by Rheaume17:
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2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Rheaume17, Sep 10, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This is a nice, perfectly golden color with a quick white head.

Smell – The grain is stale and raunchy here and reminds me of old gum stuck under a chair.

Taste – The grain is a tad better at the taste and thankfully lacks that horrid sweetness you find with a lot of ALs. The beer is not flavorful by any stretch but at least it doesn’t offend the buds like it did the bulb.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with vigorous carbonation.

Drinkability – This barely stayed out of my sink.

RoyalT, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Todd
3.38/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz dark brown twist-off bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden beer with a somewhat lively carbonation level that create a thin & tight pure white cream head.

Smell: Aroma is fairly clean. Faint grain and hop smells can barely be detected.

Taste: Upfront, this beer is creamy, smooth and malty. Body is medium to full with an even light malt sweetness. Notes of grain briefly appear, but are swept away by a flash of lemon/lime-like hop bitterness and carbonation on the palate. Fusel alcohols can be detected on the breath, bigtime. Beer finishes with a grain/husk tannin dryness.

Notes: 5.6% alcohol by volume and brewed using the Labatt Ice Brewing Process(tm), where the beer is dropped to -4°C, the forming ice crystals are removed and then the beer is aged. This leaves behind some strong-ass liquor that should be respected! If you want to get beer'd up, and quickly, this could be the beer for you. An easy drinking lager and instant brain rot material.

Labatt Ice beer also happens to be the first ice brewed beer in the world (born 1993).

Todd, Aug 30, 2001
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +33.6%

generallee, May 17, 2014
Photo of ValpoExpo
2.58/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Ice is by far the best of the ICE beers. Obviously, the consumer needs to realize what this beer is and if you take L. ICE for what it is it's pretty damn good. A tall boy here in Ohio only costs ya $1.19... a good way to get a party started at least.

ValpoExpo, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Jason
2.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz twist off brown bottle with no freshness date. Very thin lace that dissipates into only a ring, tiny bubbles rise through the pale golden brew.

Hint of solvent alcohol with an astringent grain in the back of the aroma.

Forced crispness struggles to bring a smoothness to the palate, light bodied with a semi slick mouth feel. Fast snap of alcohol, flavourless hop bitterness and astringent grains. Alcohol is noticeable in a slowly warming way with an annoying solvent character that lingers with every sip.

Not very clean with an odd feeling in the mouth, the solvent aroma and flavour from the alcohol does not help either. Pass on this one.

Jason, Aug 02, 2002
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
2.75/5  rDev +5%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -23.7%

acurtis, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I probably would never buy this beer back home, so, in the interests of trying different things, I thought I'd try one of these in its hometown...

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden hue, with lots of thin soapy white head, which leaves consistent sparsely webbed lace around the glass. It smells of sweet corn/rice grain, and mild rotting mulch hops. The carbonation is on the high side, the body is quite cloying, and it finishes with an off-dry white graininess. The extra booze that purportedly makes this 'Icy' is not really noticeable.

A typical Canadian macro lager, nothing more.

biboergosum, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Although it's not much stronger than other regular beers (Budweiser is 5.0%), Labatt Ice was the world'd first "ice" beer; and perhaps the freezing process does help to smooth it a bit.

It pours a crystal-clear, deep golden color beneath a good-sized head of white froth. The head retention is quite good, and it leaves some very nice walls of craggy and streaky lace about the glass.

The nose is kind of generic, expressing "beer" in the same way you find it when you walk into a corner bar at noon... lightly sweetish and just semi-grainy, mildly alcoholic, and hoppy but non-descript.

In the mouth it's crisp and then smooth with a fine-bubbled median carbonation and medium body.

The flavor is solid and straightforward. A very basic, just lightly sweet malt flavor is threaded through with a dull, mainly non-descript hop flavor. The hops are somewhat floral, spicy and grassy, but they may as well have come out of a can for all the character they show. A very solid bitterness rounds out the palate, and it finishes dry with a touch of lingering sticky malt and some dull hop residue.

Basic but good. Well balanced and clean with a solid bitterness and hoppy edge. If Foster's is Australian for beer, than maybe Labatt Ice is Canadian for beer. Of course, the Foster's that I get here in the United States is brewed in Canada... but that's brewed by Molson ;)

NeroFiddled, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +14.5%

WoodBrew, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of tempest
2.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a black can. Surprisingly for a macro, this one keeps a short head leaves lacing.

Yeah, this beer could be worse, but it still isn't any treat to drink. The aroma is fowl with dusty-smelling malts and acrid lager character. The flavor actually tastes decent at first, with the big, sweet bready malts of an export lager, but then a big sour milk and citrus tang comes through to ruin it all. What a waste of water.

tempest, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Razr86
2.75/5  rDev +5%

Razr86, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +14.5%

cliff1066, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of gr8zehaman
2/5  rDev -23.7%

gr8zehaman, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of nicholas2121
3.63/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Labatt Ice brewed by Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. This brew pours out a dark amber color with a nice white head. Has the look of an American style lager. It has the ice brew smell, but it is rich. So far I'm liking this brew. I did not care for the taste of Labatt Blue, so lets get on to the taste. The taste is right in middle of a regular beer and an ICE beer. This brew has a nice balance and it smooth. I like how it is smooth, but it has the ICE feel but not too much of the ICE feel. I would take this brew over the BLUE any day of the week. Over all I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out of 5. I would get Labatt ICE again. It is a good brew for a good price.

nicholas2121, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of fishmich
2.75/5  rDev +5%

fishmich, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet corn. Taste is crisp, malty with some notes of corn. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall as the scores show, this is an average beer in every way.

tone77, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.23/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 24 fl. oz. can M91-0-825. Sampled on Jan. 2, 2010. It pours a golden to pale yellow with a hefty dose of fizzy white head that diminishes in no time. Constant carbonation. There is a very grassy and cereal aroma to it and a dash of hops. The mouthfeel is medium but slightly oily. The taste is also rather grassy and vaguely alcoholic with a sour aftertaste. It was only 99 cents for this can at my corner store and that about sums it up.

puboflyons, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
2.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch and a half white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is sweet and grainy malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a slight bitterness noticable. Mouthfeel/body is light but not watery, and it's also a bit slick, surprisingly. Carbonation is good. Rating it for the style of beer this is, I'd say it's close to average overall. It's not an awful brew, but it's not exactly good either. For $1.19 a can, I can't complain too much. I'd drink it again for that price, especially if there weren't any better choices available.

bluejacket74, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of TimRex
1.25/5  rDev -52.3%

TimRex, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of user785335
1.5/5  rDev -42.7%

user785335, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -23.7%

irishkyle21, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of buschbeer
2.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24oz can
Served in a nonic pint glass

A - It pours yellow and clear. Three inches of white head disappear quickly.

S - The aroma is grainy with whiffs of alcohol.

T - The taste has mild sweetness and a grainy quality. I also pick up on a hint of alcohol.

M - Watery

O - It tastes like most average to below average adjuncts.

buschbeer, May 12, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labatt Ice has a thick, white head and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with some streaming bubbles and a surprisingly good amount of lacing rings. The aroma is of sweet corn and barley, and the taste is of sweet grains, a touch of alcohol, and just a shade of hop bitterness, but this is minimal. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Labatt Ice finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and very dry. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I think it’s certainly worth sampling.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 01, 2012
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Labatt Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.