Labatt Ice - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt IceLabatt Ice

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BA SCORE
63
poor

191 Ratings
THE BROS
67
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 28.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 08-30-2001

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.
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Photo of RoyalT
2.49/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev +27.4%
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).

Photo of ValpoExpo
2.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Jason
2.38/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of Rohenknight
5/5  rDev +90.1%

This beer is sooo delicious it tastes like rainbows and unicorns all the way down

Photo of jtp3692
5/5  rDev +90.1%

Delicious

Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +32.3%
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 ;)

Photo of tempest
2.07/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.66/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | 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 4 out of 5. I would get Labatt ICE again. It is a good brew for a good price.

Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.88/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of buschbeer
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +46.4%
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

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.12/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass. 24 oz. can, which is following a can of Labatt Blue. Only 0.6% higher in ABV, some ice beer.

2.5 A: Clear medium yellow color. I swear this is lighter than the blue. Anyway, it certainly gives a bigger head. Four fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and some specks of lacing are left.

3.0 S: Like the Blue, this has a hint of maltiness to it without a lot of sickly sweet corn. No hops. Not saying this smells good, but it's not terrible.

3.0 T: The taste is not bad either. Light bready maltiness. Mimimal corn. No hops. Not horrible.

3.5 M: Heavier light body. Carbonation level is reasonable. Slightly chewy with a touch of creaminess.

3.5 D: Easily one of the best AALs I've had unless my palate is just off today. I'm rather not have this again, but wouldn't be too pissed if I did.

Photo of powoo19
4.8/5  rDev +82.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not a fan of ice beers in the past, I tried this on a Friday night during a pool game. I was pleasently suprised. This is one hell of a beer. It is smooth, not a dull flavor, and it has no bite what so ever. I am now a convert to this ice beer.
I recommend everyone should have one at least once a day!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.98/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US Tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale amber color, but a bit darker than most macros, with a foamy white head that fades quickly and doesn’t leave very much lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is of corn, grain & malt.

T: The taste has the typical macro malty corn & grain flavor, but a little sweeter than most and an ever-so-slight bit more hops than most. However, despite the 5.60% ABV which is high for a macro, it still seemed a bit watered down.

M: Smooth for the style, light body, medium-to-high carbonation and a clean finish.

D: I could drink a large amount of this beer with ease, but the watered down flavor would leave me looking for something else. I’ve been keeping the style firmly in mind while writing this review, as you can tell. For a macro, this one’s not bad. However, there are others within the style that are cheaper and better.

Photo of gabedivision
3.11/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24 ounce can to a SA perfect pint glass.

A- Pours a clear light yellow with highlights of gold and heavy visible carbonation, and a 2 inch head that wraps and slimes to the side of the glass. Smells of boiled corn, wheat, grass? smells sour and a bit offensive. The taste is a bitter sweet sour, grainy and a slight touch of booze on the end. The feel is very light, watery, crisp, and sour. Overall this beer is exactly what you think you might get out of it, its got a slick black design, bold logo, but lacks in everything inside the can. Not horrible, nice for a cheap buzz.

Photo of Ahhdball
2.73/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was handed to me after a Blue and to be honest I couldn't see, smell, or taste a difference from the Blue.
Light clear gold color, poured to a sizeable light yellow head leavinga little sticky lace. It was a hot day and the grill was going so I really couldn't smell much.
Extra smooth malt character mixed with a small hop character. Very light on flavor but you can tell it's there. Adjuncts tainted what was left of the hops.
Mouthfeel had a refreshing "drink me again" attitude. Nice all around adjunct for hot summer grilling adventures.

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.36/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours average adjunct yellow with a monster bubbly white head. Leaves good lacing

S - Corn adjunct. that's it.

T - corn adjunct, metal, rice, with a bubble gum - like juicyness. Medium apple juice aftertaste

M - Heavy body with heavy carbonation

O - Overall this was a very standard run of the mill adjunct. It goes down easy however and is unoffensive.

Photo of Sigmund
1.53/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

According to the back label, this beer should be 'consumed ice cold from the bottle'. Sure, best way to hide the foul flavour - as far as there is any flavour at all. Well, I suppose this one has marginally more hops than the lousiest beers of this lousy style - but that should not detract from the basic fact: This is CRAP! Jesus - I must stop buying these shitty and (in Norway) over-priced beers! You know I buy them just to get another rating!

Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

CAN you dig it? Yet another new beer in a CAN for me to review!

I got a finger's worth of fluffy, bone-white head, but with low retention. It was as if it could not wait to reduce to wisps. Nose had a distinct lager-like sweetness, hearkening back to a time in my youth when I thought that all beers smelled this way. Mouthfeel was medium but there was very little taste to it. The finish was equally unobtrusive. It was simply a mild lager at a reasonable price. It sure beat some of the crap that I've subjected myself to in cans of late.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
2.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Better than most American beers. Nice 24 oz. can. Smells fresh if cold. Taste of hops is a bit weak and it gets weaker as the drink goes along. Drinkablity is average because after 1 or 2 it loses all of its drinkability. Cheap beer with decent taste decent drinkability about really sums up this beer. I would recommend those who have a unique taste this beer. Mouthful is average just as the smell, taste and drinkabilty are.

Photo of Foam
2.85/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

After a very expensive car repair that I had to pay for, recently, I wanted some brew that wouldn't further break the bank ... Stopped into my local beer distrib. and spotted this old econo-favorite for a mere $18/case (24 oz. "ghetto cans" as I call them ...)
There's not much depth to be tasted but the respectable 5.6% abv will get the job done when one is on a budget and wants something session-y .
It's no fine German pils/lager but for the money, you can't expect that from this formerly Canadian-brewed swill . Contract-brewed nowadays to I suppose, save money on the shipping over the border (I recall it tasting a bit better when it was still produced up in Canada.)
A few of these big ghetto cans will do ya unless you really wanna crunkify yourself (and I sometimes, do . : )))
No awards for Belgian-like complexity shall be won here but again, it was only $18 for case of the big cans ...

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Labatt Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.