Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
2.95/5 rDev +12.2%
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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2.81/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
11.5 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label and a branded twist-off pressure cap acquired a part of a 6 pack at my local corner mart and served into an Avery stem-tulip in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live as a pilsener.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Mediocre complexion and consistency. Subpar creaminess and frothiness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes.
Body colour is a transparent translucent copper of average vibrance. No floating yeast particles are visible; it's quite clean. Appears adequately carbonated.
Overall, it's a pretty average appearance for the style.
Sm: Sweet malts and corn adjunct. Clean barley. Generic characterless hops.
No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
A bland boring aroma of average strength. Not real inviting. Meh.
T: Generic sweet malts, corn adjunct, and clean barley. That's about it.
No hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol comes through.
Painfully simple. Boring. Unbalanced. Not a gestalt build - or even a real cohesive one. Lacks complexity, subtlety, nuance, and intricacy. Not an inspired or bold brew. I'm not really enjoying it.
Mf: Smooth, wet, crisp. Light to medium bodied. Okay thickness. Mediocre presence on the palate. Unrefreshing. Average acidity. Overcarbonated.
Texture doesn't really suit the flavour profile all that well.
Not oily, gushed, hot, astringent, boozy, harsh, or rough.
Okay presence on the palate.
Dr: A downable beer in this style. I'm not horribly impressed, but I do like it for what it is. I doubt I'd get it again, but you could do worse in this style. This bottle will be easy to kill. This is about as average as they come, but I do want to point out that the price point and availability are both excellent. Pedestrian.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 07:27:06 | More by kojevergas
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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