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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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BA SCORE
63
poor

1,523 Ratings
THE BROS
62
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Ratings: 1,523
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Labatt Brewing Company Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2001)
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Last reviewed May 2007. That was a bottle; this is a tallboy can. I used to be kind of fond of this stuff but haven't had it regularly in years.

Pours a pale straw, topped with a puffy two-inch white head that is in a hurry to leave. Lots of bubbles imply a high level of carbonation. Smells like most other members of the style; stale malts and adjunct sweetness.

Taste is pretty bland as well. Grainy, pale malts and adjunct sweetness (seems more like rice than corn to me). Slightly dry finish with no real aftertaste. Watery and thin-bodied with high carbonation, this is a prototypical adjunct lager. Nothing outstanding or stomach-turning about it.

Reviewed a can of Molson Canadian last week so it only seems fair to give this one the same treatment. I used to prefer this over Canadian but in recent years my preference has drifted to the Molson end of that spectrum. Blue is a generic, barely-acceptable macro lager.

[Updated Oct 26 2013]

I don't know why I keep coming back to beers like this, I guess I'm a sucker for blandness. I'll revise a few things from my last review - this pour actually looked pretty good in the glass, and in my opinion Labatt Blue actually has the ideal mouthfeel for an adjunct lager - moderate carbonation, light body and really smooth/easy-drinking. Too bad it doesn't taste very good. This is slightly cheaper than Canadian, and also slightly crappier, so I guess you get what you pay for. Acceptable if you need something cheap for social drinking, but not one of the better macros in my opinion.

Final Grade: 2.95, a C.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 21:07:41 | More by thehyperduck
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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,523 ratings.