Labatt Blue | Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Labatt Blue is the best-selling Canadian beer in the world. Introduced in 1951 as Labatt Pilsener, it was named for the colour of its label by fans of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers football team. Blue was the first brand in Canada with a twist-off cap and won the silver medal in the International Lager category at the 1998 Brewing Industry International Awards. Labatt Blue, brewed using specially selected aromatic hops, is a well-balanced, fully matured, full-flavoured beer with a fruity character and a slightly sweet aftertaste.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2001

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Photo of PhillyB
3.86/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. For about two bucks in a giant can it's hard to beat.

Look: Dark yellow, good carbonation, no head.

Smell: Unassuming. Mostly malt, slight fruit.

Taste: Fuller bodied than I was expecting. Decent malt, stronger fruit than the smell, and a slight hoppiness on the finish.

Feel: Decent, but not as substantial as a decent craft brew. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Given the choice between this and most other AALs I'd probably choose this. Decent beer.

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Photo of Moquinbrendon
2.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I absolutely love this beer. It tastes like corn and malt to me and has the color of dehydrated piss. But overall it's a classic and perfect for a summer day. If you like Blue, try one from Canada... Ten times better than what we have the the US

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Photo of mgwagman
4.45/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A reasonably priced good mass market beer. Seems to be rather fresh here where I live and moderately priced. Drinks easy smells of cereal and grain, and it also rather creamy. Taste is just very refreshing. Despite not being all that complex it is one finest pilsners in my opinion!

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Photo of dbl_delta
2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Undated can at a hockey game. Initial impression is corn, slightly sweet, not a whole lot going on taste-wise. Medium to medium-high carbonation; kind of thin mouthfeel. I once drove 75 miles through Canadian wilderness to buy a case of this stuff, but that was long, long ago in a different galaxy. It's not something I'd go out of my way to procure now that I know better.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.04/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I purchased a single can of this from a local grocery store. Labatt Blue pours a straw hue with a thick head that leaves behind a moderate lacing. The scent is mostly sweet with hints of corn. The taste is sweet to start out and somewhat watery. Hints of corn can be noticed as well. The finish is very smooth with all of the wateriness. Overall I thought this was decent but many of the bigger name AALs like PBR and Miller High Life are better.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.38/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw yellow color with a head that recedes quickly. A strong smell of grain. Tastes of wheat and a slight hop taste with a malty aftertaste. Very carbonated and bubbly. All in all a decent brew, a very typical AAL.

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Photo of EMV
2.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured on-tap into a chilled pint glass.

L: Pours a clear yellow color. Fizzy white head falls rapidly. No lacing.

S: Macro adjunct... veggies, mild hop notes.

T/F: Thin and watery... fizzy... the chilled pint glass is really helping me out here. Faint malts... hops somewhere off in the distance. Did I mention fizzy and very carbonated?

O: Figured I'd give this one an honest try since a friend had it in his kegerator and was very keen on everybody having a beer. One of those beers for which 'cold' is one of the best flavors. Maybe on a really hot day after mowing the lawn... or sitting on the beach in... well, not Canada. There are a lot of great Canadian beers. This ain't one of'em. Macro adjunct whatever and I'd rather drink water.

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Photo of RobertDBrase
3.24/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Seriously this is like the American adjunct lagers only hailing from Canada. The beer is not far off of the mark from the other adjunct lagers. I did detect some corn sweetness in the smell and flavor. Definitely a drinkable beer for those looking for a cold beer and nothing really special to jump out and grab them by the ass.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer is better than I was expecting it to be. I picked up a six-pack because it was so cheap and I figured there'd be no harm in trying it. Your average adjunct lager look, but with a better and more enjoyable taste than most other AALs. I'd still go for a 'Gansett or Yuengling over this, but if I had to choose between this and PBR or something, this would win out.

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Photo of KACK1533
2.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Where I live there is a man who brings Labatt Blue. I snagged one. Needless to say this beer is just like the other AAL's I have had. I smelled hay in the nose. Just a sight kiss of hops too. Won't avoid this like the plague, just will pas it up again.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.33/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

A generic, yet tolerable adjunct lager. Has an incredibly subtle taste, even in comparisons to its American counterparts such as PBR, and,I would argue, Miller Lite.

Not a good beer, but difficult to dislike - for the same reason it is difficult to dislike tap-water, there is just nothing to project disdain upon.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale straw straw color; 100% transparent; 3 finger head, no lace.

Smells like Pabst; it has corn, straw, barley syrup, adjuncts.

Taste has a touch of Euro style grassiness, but mostly stays within the North American realm of shitty lagers with corn, hay, pale malt, and light floral. Slight onion as well.

Feel is supremely crisp and clean, very carbonated, but painfully fills up the belly with foam and bubbles.

Overall impressions? I'd much rather reach for an old standby like Coors, Pabst, or Rolling Rock. I'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of beergoot
2.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

Pale yellow body; thick white head; lots of very lively carbonation. Grainy, grassy, herbal aroma. Very light grain hint with the taste (mostly aftertaste), mineral-like flavor; metallic; faint bitterness. Initially fizzy mouthfeel; quickly becomes flat; mostly dry finish.

Looks good, smells fair (for an adjunct lager) but really goes down hill with flavor and mouthfeel. Overall, there's no satisfying or lingering flavor of note and the beer feels weak and limp. Was it this bad back in the 70s and 80s when we Ohio beer drinkers looked forward to a Canadian brew? Who knows for sure, but thank goodness there are plenty of quality alternatives to this beer now.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.15/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer a year ago, and still remember it. Yellow color, fizzy and seemed like it would pair well with seafood, crabs maybe. I will definitely revisit

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Photo of James_Starchuk
4.14/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pleasant tasting Beer all around, not your traditional "Pilsner Hopsy" over the top taste, but still has some of that taste with a slight sweetness with a nice scent. Rate 4/5

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Photo of Samlover55
1.55/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L- shiny yellow, thin white head
S- sweet adjunct malts
T- not sure but has a beery taste
F- good carbonation, extremely light bodied
O- i guess fits the style of adjunct beers. its amazing that i enjoyed this beer in my pre-craft days

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Photo of BeerLover50
2.11/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a large tulip glass. First reaction to the pour, unimpressive. Thin head that dissipates quickly. Has a bit of an older, musty smell to it? This is a beer that is refreshing on hot days, but other than that, it's just beer. Not really anything to say about this one.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.31/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Got this in a can and poured it into a fancy beer glass.
Pours a slightly darker than average straw yellow of its kind of beer. Moderate foam head thickness.
Smells like a normal cheap lager beer of its kind, has a slight fuity smell to it, making it smell better than your average beer of its kind.
Tastes a little fruity too, less watery and somewhat flavorful compared to others of its kind.
Feels too smooth, initial feel is fine but settings quick like it was never there.
Overall, surprised how decent it is. Better than some others of its kind..

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Photo of travis3113
3.74/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Great looking can, quite clean and I love the Blue Label and name. The beer itself is a typical straw color, although its a touch darker than your run of the mill lager.

S: Smells like a cheap pilsner, with a bit of fruit.

T: I actually quite enjoy the taste of this pilsner compared to most other "cheaper" pilsners on the market. Nice character and refreshing with a bit of bite on the finish.

F: Feels like a slightly watery and thin style of pilsner. Good mouth feel otherwise; not as thin as a cheap lager that's for sure.

O: Overall, I've always been a fan of Labatt Blue. Maybe because I'm biased... one of my go to value beers.

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Photo of GlennSt
3.67/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Most of us drank cheap beer before we moved on to more interesting and flavorful stuff. This is a very drinkable cheap beer. If I am watching a ball game and I need to pick something that I can drink for several hours without getting sozzled, this is my go-to. No, the taste isn't intriguing or deep, but I don't always want to drink beer that is intriguing and deep. Blue is refreshing and has a nice flavor. It's not in the same class as more expensive beers but it doesn't aspire to that class nor should it.

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Photo of DodgeStealth93
2.41/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

It is a Canadian macro lager but brewed by Anheuser Busch! Pours a clear straw appearance with a head that doesnt stick around! Taste like a canadian version of Budweiser almost has that same rice adjunct flavor very sweet with a slight lemony finish to it no hops whatsoever! Mouthfeel is very light and watery! Great for a hot summer day or a throwback beer at a party but other than that its nothing special! Very bland aroma! Not bad but not good either!

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Photo of fx20736
3.14/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bought a 30 pack from Beers of the World on 8/1/15. Poured cold into a Hefe glass. Pale gold with a tall, craggy head. Nice lacing. Aroma is faint but of cooked veggies with a slight whiff of hops. Mettalic, touch of sweet and a faint bitterness. Mouthfeel is full. This is an OK macro.

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Photo of DrainBamage
2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with surprising frothy head. Smells like every other adjunct. At first taste is decent, but after it goes down, the adjunct flavor hits you. Goes down smooth though. Over all one of the better adjunct lagers out. there.

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Photo of vainosuomi
2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pale color. Smell and taste is light and somewhat sweet, with a little hops. Nothing particularly distinctive. Very light and clean finish. Not bad for what it is, but not great.

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Photo of Ninjajake12
2.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Look - It has a clear body, and you can see mostly through it.

Smell - It has a faint nutty and spicy smell, but nothing overpowering and strong.

Taste - Tastes stronger than it looks and smells. Has a nice faint spiciness and bitterness at the end of the sip. The aftertaste lasts a few seconds, then fades pretty quickly. Does have a slight watery taste which interrupts the beer (though this could be my perspective). Still has some good flavors hidden in there.

Feel - Very thin and watery. Goes down easy, and can drink it rather quickly.

Overall - It's a basic pilsner. It's good to drink on casual nights, but not if you're looking for an impression. I still enjoy it despite its flaws, but it isn't something I'd drink every night.

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