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Labatt Ice | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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69
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66 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
202
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
48.08%
 
 
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Labatt IceLabatt Ice
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

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.

Added by Todd on 08-30-2001

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 202
Reviews by proc:
Photo of proc
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet. Picked up the "big" can version of this beer and hunkered down prepared for the worst. However, the "worst" didn't show up. This beer, while no stout or IPA is actually O.K. Pours out to a slightly darker than usual yellow with a generous wispy white head. Aroma is that of grains. Taste is rather mundane, but there is a residual sweetness that coupled with a bit of hops, that makes you want to take another drink. An ice beer that is pretty decent.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.49/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Todd
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
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).

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of AppleFarmer
4.59/5  rDev +59.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Good tasting beer made in Ontario Canada. It should be available through out Ontario, but alas it's not. There is no good reason this beer is not available in Kingston Beer Stores. So now on top of not being available locally, the price is up to $43.50! Far cry from the $18 a 24 back in 1993.

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Photo of Jason
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of briandaube
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Rohenknight
5/5  rDev +74.2%

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

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Photo of jtp3692
5/5  rDev +74.2%

Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of chuckgietzen
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.04/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
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 ;)

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tempest
2.07/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of Razr86
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BigAl18
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of gr8zehaman
2/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of nicholas2121
3.82/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Labatt Ice brewed by Labatt Brewing Company Ltd with an ABV of 5.6%. This brew pours out a dark golden amber color with a nice white head. The brew has the look of most American style lagers. Not saying that is a bad thing. This brew dose have the ice brew smell, but it is rich. You also pick up on grins, malts and some hops in the smell of this brew. 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 Labatt Ice right in middle of a regular beer and an ICE beer. You pick up on malts and grains in the taste of this brew. Labatt Ice has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The taste is just smooth. The mouthfeel of Labatt Ice is smooth rich and bold. For being a ICE brew Labatt Ice is one of the more smoother Ice brew on the market. I would take this Labatt Ice over the BLUE any day of the week. Over all I'm giving this Labatte Ice a 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. It is a good brew for a good price. Nothing harsh about the taste. Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. , did a nice job with this one.

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2/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of fishmich
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

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Labatt Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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