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Labatt Ice - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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171 Ratings

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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 27.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of rbuisson
5/5  rDev +91.6%

rbuisson, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of powoo19
4.83/5  rDev +85.1%

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!

powoo19, Aug 11, 2002
Photo of 7beerphil
4.65/5  rDev +78.2%

16oz can poured into a pint glass.

Color of the beer is on point for an ice beer. Not too dark of a golden yellow. Good head, fizzy, but stuck around a bit. Lacing was good for an ice beer.

Smells of corn, and 'regular beer'. No off or over boozy smells. Always a plus with an ice beer.

Taste is key with ice beers. This one isn't at all overly boozy. Slight corn taste, but nothing is off. Apparently the original did it right.

Mouthfeel is thin, yet carbonated. Always a plus when this type isn't thick or syruppy.

Overall, this should be the standard, or close to it. An excellent ice beer that is thoroughly enjoyable.

7beerphil, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of steeler
4.5/5  rDev +72.4%

I grabbed the big 710ml can, looks very old school, and I really liked the can, anyway pours out that deep golden yellow color with a bit of head, id say one inch, looks like every other ice beer. Smell, is a tad above average, smells a bit cleaner than most ice beers. This is the best tasting ice beer I've ever drank, it goes down super clean, and tastes smooth, no lingering aftertaste, slight bitterness, and not sweet. Damn good. This is a nice full bodied beer, so the mouthfeel is good. This is a perfect beer for a bbq out in the heat, and when paired with a hamburger, this beer is golden. I love this beer.

steeler, May 16, 2009
Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev +53.3%

pavpav12, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +48.7%

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.


RonaldTheriot, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev +46.7%

it looks like a regular 12 oz. bottle, but closer inspection reveals it's only 11.5 oz.
this ice beer surprised me....it pours out a sort of dirty golden color, minimal head and minimal lace. a distinct malty aroma, with caramel hints and a bit of hopping...what a pleasant surprise! very nice caramel malt flavors for an ice lager...alcohol detectable too. pretty big and brash but in a gentle and enjoyable way. medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel....no finishing crispness...allowing it to slide right down. some balancing hops for flavor. alcohol warming effect in the belly. within it's style...this is BY FAR the best ice beer i've ever tasted. it's actually good! it's probably not wise to drink too many of these, but i'm so surprised at the taste and quality, i would recommend that this be tried. a canadian gem.

budgood1, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of animal69
3.73/5  rDev +42.9%

i'm from the south (A.B. country) so imagine my suprise when i moved to western Ny. & discovered LaBatt's beers.. this beer has replaced Bud as my favorite "N. American" Lager.
A nice straw color w/ a white fluffy head wich dissapates quickly, minimal lacing; a yeasty nose typical of most Am. beers w/ some hop aroma; taste is light & crisp slightly watery but at least some hop flavor comes through; light bodied but with much more mouthfeel than most macros; hey, at 1-2 dollars CHEAPER per 18 pk. than A.B. products, this is THE most drinkable beer !

animal69, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of slitherySOB
3.7/5  rDev +41.8%

One of the best ice beers I've ever tasted. A light gold colour, with a slight but present carbonation resulting in a thin but strong head. Scent of citrus and malt, with a mediocre grain adjunct. Great taste, with the sweet malt coming through, small citrus acidity and grain mouthfeel. The smooth and crispness make this a highly drinkable beer. Goes great with marinating steak.

slitherySOB, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +39.8%

This beer poured out as a clear looking gold color with a thin fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer was sweet and grainy, some aromas of corn in there too. The taste of the beer was sweet and grainy also. The aftertaste was a little bitter but not much at all. The mouthfeel was light and watery, some carbonation. Overall I didn't hate the beer but I can't see myself buying a lot of this one.

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of nicholas2121
3.63/5  rDev +39.1%

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 generallee
3.5/5  rDev +34.1%

generallee, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +34.1%

njbusa, Apr 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +34.1%

JeffTheJuice, Nov 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +34.1%

sportzfreak1393, May 21, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +33.3%

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 yuenglings
3.48/5  rDev +33.3%

Drank this one right out of the 24oz can it was handed to me in.

Smell: not much of one, little bit of a sweet corn smell

Taste: not bad but not to much here eather, kind of bitter at first then there is a sweet and grain like taste

Mouthfeel: Kind of watery but smooth

Drinkabilty: After the first coupple of sips it really starts to go down smooth before i knew it i had drank 4 of these 24ozers and was feeling pretty good i may buy as case of theses just to keep to get my budies drunk

yuenglings, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +33.3%

Pours a light yellow color with a head that fades fast. Aroma is strong and grainy with alcohol showing through. A bit sweet as well. Taste is similar in scale except that the alcohol leaves a mouth-numbing bitterness at first which in turn fades into a grain-malt taste. Not too bad for an ice beer and serves its' purpose as such. I do think it's not as harsh as Molson XXX.

Brad007, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Todd
3.38/5  rDev +29.5%

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 Macdoyal
3.3/5  rDev +26.4%


Appearance: A nice gold color not too light but not too dark. I personally like this full golden color. A nice white head that goes away fast but as you drink there is a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: WOW! I smell heavy alcohol and some light grains. I didn't like the strong smell of the booze it was a little off putting.

Taste: A nice tasting brew with a hint of bitterness but a good amount of malty sweetness with a slap across the palate of comforting alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It's a full mouthfeel but not thick and heavy. It remains refreshing.

Drinkability: I could drink this for sure. It's smooth, refreshing and full. Due to the large amounts of booze i'm not sure I can drink more then a few.

Macdoyal, Dec 17, 2008
3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of Stunner97
3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

Appearance- Golden yellow with a nice moderate foam head, very nice small bubbles stream peacefully up the glass

SMELL- corn and grains, slight malts and a very slight hops, slight sweetness

Taste- very slight grains with a very mild hops and slight malts, slight bitter hops finish, nothin over powerin here yet a nice smooth palatable flavor here

Mouthfeel- smooth light and refreshing palate, light bodied and guzzalable

Drinkability- Highly drinkable, very crisp and refreshing, a good session beer at a good price, gets you buzzed quick and fast at a price thats hard to ignore, very well better than most American macros, worth a shot or two

Stunner97, Apr 07, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

brewlover517, Apr 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

JohnnieNepal, Feb 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

Ryanc23, Apr 17, 2012
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Labatt Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.