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Labatt Ice - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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65 Reviews

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 196
Avg: 2.87
pDev: 47.04%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | 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 Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 TheManiacalOne
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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 stakem
2.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

24oz can into a pint. Thanks to Eric for gifting me with a can of this to help round out my bottom of the barrel experience. The brew pours a clear pale yellow with bubbles of carbonation rising through solution constantly. An initial 3 fingers of white head fades to a thin layering that leaves some strings of lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is sweet with a mixture of candy-like bubblegum and corn. A faint touch of fruity alcohol is evident across the back as it warm. Light sulfur inclusion once it goes beyond ideal.

The taste is sweet with bubblegum and corn. A light estery alcohol inclusion with a carbonic quality lightly like sulfur. A very faint herbal hop flavor is present but it doesnt really produce much bitterness to help contrast the dominating sweetness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It isnt horrible as far as adjunct lagers go but it isnt something I would drink on a regular basis either. The sweetness really comes out as it warms. This is probably best enjoyed "ice" cold to surpress the sweetness and alcohol.

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Photo of WesWes
3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/4" fizzy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a faint pilsner malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. There's nothing spectacular here. Just a crisp, clean smelling beer. The taste is average. It has a smooth, pilsner flavor that's easy going down and clean in the finish. There is little malt or hop taste here, but it's crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good macro lager. I'm a little partial to the ice beers. They're easy drinking and they've got a bit more bang for the buck.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.07/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

24 oz can sampled on Monday night.
Pale straw with a smallish head. Grainy corny hints of metal. Smooth easy to drink lots of beer burps. It didn't suck, but I couldn't help but think what a few more hops would have made this into.

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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 jdhilt
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a white, four finger-head that vanishes quickly leaving traces of lace. Clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and very light bodied. Nose is faint sweetness. Starts sweet but the sweetness isn't from malt more like apple juice, finish has just a hint of hops. Good session beer and better than the American ices. $1.45 for a 340ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A seethru gold that leaves behind some decent head that is thin but has staying power. Again, a Labatt's beer with no real smell - faint hops and some husky veggies or something (now I'm making up shit). This Labatt's packs a little punch (I remembered it doing so) as this medium-bodied brew goes down smooth and a tad creamy. Even with some graininess and adjunct feeling on the tongue, the hops provide a little citric boot and there's some slight sugary maltiness. There's also a drying sensation from the somewhat high ABV. It should be noted that if you go over the border to get this (bottle or can) it sells at 8% ABV - I was drinking it up there and a few of these kicked my ass because they were smooth and went down easy.

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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 francisweizen
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first ice beer, was this beer brewed in Canada by Labatts. Many people think that Molson started the whole 'ice beer' thing but that is not true...Labatt's did. So this beer pours out a nice yellow colour but the smell is pretty astringent. Like mnay ice beers this is meant to be drunk super cold and super fast. I guess it does its job of giving out a good, cheap, fast buzz, but that is all that this beer does. It has a very thin mouthfeel and the drinkability is only O.K. if it is I.C.E. cold!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can (99¢ special) served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head, lots of bubbles and halfway decent lacing.

S - grainy adjunct aroma.

T - grainy with a little sourness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with lively carbonation.

O - just another ice beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +34.1%
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.


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Photo of buschbeer
2.75/5  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.

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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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Photo of animal69
3.73/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 !

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.
The idea is to freeze beer (during the manufacturing process) to trap and remove ice crystals to improve flavors.

Appearance : Blond/amber color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : malted aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : light, sweet with a good malty persistence.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style lager.

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Labatt Ice from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
69 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.