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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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617 Reviews

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Reviews: 617
Hads: 1,912
Avg: 2.67
pDev: 41.95%
Wants: 24
Gots: 296 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-30-2001

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.
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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.41/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very pale yellow, more so than Molson in my opinion. Also lots of carbonation at first, then it goes away.

Smell: Sweet, in a weird way. Kind of piney. Not gross, but not like beer. Very odd.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Also kind of sweet and piney. Neither hoppy nor very malty. Kind of watery and sticky as well, but it's above-averagely smooth.

Drinkability: The watery texture makes it drinkable, but the taste makes it average.

Overall: My overall grade for this will probably leave the impression that I don't like this beer. That's not true thought. However given the grading criteria, Labatt Blue is an average beer, much in line with BMC products. It probably tastes better, but I'm not sure it's worth the extra cost. There are good domestic alternatives.

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Photo of WVRadar
3.41/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/2 inch fizzy white head that slowly dissipates to a collar around the top. Lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Clear, sparkling pale gold body with good lacing. Hint of corn? in the aroma. Initial medium bitter flavor, with a light short finish. Watery, light to medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Good lawn mower beer.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent example of the style that is more drinkable than others.

Pours a typical straw yellow with a white head that receeds somewhat quickly. Smells of blunt corn and mild hops. The taste has almost no bitterness and is mostly muted malts and corn. Still the flavors are blended well enough to make a smooth and crisp beverage. Slight corny sweetness in the finish and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. This beer taste a lot less watered down and processed than the BMC beers. Overall it's a lousy style of beer and Labatt made the best of it. A refreshing brew when one drinks cold.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a one finger head to it with a slight lace left behind. The smell is of corn grains and some faint floral hops. The taste is a sweet malt and some floral hops that give a hop bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little watery and moderate carbonation. The overall drinkability is above average for this one. If you judge it against other adjuncts it is an above average beer, it has some complexity and some hops attached to the grains.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. A light pale yellow with a thin off white head that had a little lacing and retention and well carbonated.
S. Has the typical grains and malt smell that most mass produced Canadian and American commercial beers have.
T. The taste is a grainy and biscuit taste with some hops in the back to give your tastebuds some kick.
M. A very clean, crisp and easy drinking beer.
O. One of the very few commercial beers out there that I would buy again when I am low in money. The best AAL out there.

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Photo of jdmorgan
3.4/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I agree with the previous comment that there is indeed a hype about Canadian beers. I do, also, agree that I appreciate there not being adjuncts in this beer. Anyway...

This beer pours a pale yellow with a medium white head. It has a very thin aroma to it with a bit of malt and a mere hint of hops. The taste was light and crisp with not much depth or body. Hop flavor was only slightly present. The body was, however, free of adjunct corn and rice flavors which was a plus. Consistency was thin and carbonation was medium/high.

Not much here as far as depth of taste, but this is definately an upscale beer of the style. It is very drinkable as a session beer, and it is popularly used as such. It should definately be chosen over many American rivals, but does not have any miraculous quality for being Canadian.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.39/5  rDev +27%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow golden, clear, pours with very little head that disappears instantly. No lacing.

S: Classic clean beer smell. Light and easy. Wheat, grain.

T: The taste of this beer always reminds me of beer and peanuts at a baseball game. Brings back great memories - but it's nothing too special. Just a really really easy to drink refreshing delicious beer.

M: Light carbonation. Easy on the palate, slight tingle.

O: Just a descent all around beer. Of the basic cheap beers, Labatt Blue is a favorite. Easy to drink and as refreshing as water.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold with good clairty. Two fingers of head retain surprisingly well for a macro, doesn't leave any lacing though. Grain and pale malt are about the only aromas present. The taste is the same, with the addition of a semi-skunky hops that smooth mouthfeel and give it a crisp, dry finish. Light bodied, if not a little watery with even carbonation, and an almost nil aftertaste. The nice light flavor and drinkability make this one of your better macros.

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Photo of Lacesoutcody
3.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A: Extremely clear faint yellow, with a slightly frothy head that dissipates after about 30 seconds with some small lacing clinging for dear life on the edges of the glass.

S: nothing much to speak of, a hint of floral adjuncts, maybe some corn. All in all it's very faint.

T: Smooth, watery, a few notes of lager citrus sweetness, and a slight hint of metallic. Very inoffensive flavors, but on the flip side nothing to really hold you attention.

M: Extremely smooth, probably one of the best parts of this beer.

D: Upfront, it really isn't much to speak of, nothing jumps out or draws you to it, that being said it's not terrible and is a good doppelganger to the american macro's. All in All you can knock back a plenty of these, I'd drink again.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma and taste are the normal macro cereal taste.When served cold this is a fresh pleasant tasting beer.Good for watching hockey games or any sport at that matter.I would recommend and purchase again!!

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a pale straw color with 1/2 inch head. Hardly any aroma to speak of. Taste is crisp and not bad, although a tad bland. Refreshing in the mouth and good drinkability. Overall this is a very average beer.

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.33/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Super aggressive pour gives a 4 finger pour which dissipates slower than expected. Large carbonation bubbles along the outside of the glass and some nice frothy head which dissipates slowly. Straw yellow beer which is mostly translucent.

S: Picking up some wheat and alcohol, not much here.

T: Little bit of malt profile to start, followed by corn and some very faint citrus. Nothing stands out here.

M: High carbonation, light bodied.

D: Rather drinkable, goes down light.

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Photo of Maiora13
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Basically what I think of when i think of pilsner. Growing up in Detroit it is basically a domestic and my go to beer of choice. That being said it is not distinctly flavorful or original but it is fun and easy to drink.

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Photo of jabel9
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

OK, I was raised on Blue. Having said that, it is not the kind of beer that competes with the great breweries of the world. For a Macro, however, I find this beer exceptionally drinkable. The color is a nice gold with a frothy head (which disappears quickly). Lacing is not apparent. The smell is somewhat tinny. The taste is above average for most macro brews. A good session beer. There's nothing like rolling to a Buffalo Bills game with some Labatts Blue, a grill and a bunch af good friends! Cheers!

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labattt Blue....

Appearance-pours a nice golden color with a huge three fingers of fizzy head, the head layers and then settles on top in a dense cloud.

Smell-fairly Budweiser like, hints of rice and grain, no real hop or malt aroma to speak of.

Taste-crisp taste, grainy on the tale end, a decent hoppy juiceness does come through and show itself here. Goes down smoothly and finishes wiht a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel-grainy with slight malt, hop, and probably some DNS as well, but it does the job, minimal aftertaste.

Drinkability-stands up to any American style lager in this department, whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you, but for the style it's fine.

Overall-this beer is underrated, yes believe it folks. While it isn't by any means close to craft beer lager Labatt Blue is among the best Macro lager buys around. Crisp, refreshing, adequetely flavored, and smooth. Does the job in a pinch at places where craft beer isn't available.

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Photo of Spikester
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 24 ounce can. Pours pale amber with a modest head which quickly dissapates.
Aroma corny, some mild hops.
Taste is smooth, corny with a better than average amount of bitter hops. Beats PBR by a small amount.
Mouthfeel is O.K.
Drinkability is pretty good but only if very cold. Good choice when selection is limited.

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Photo of ommegoose
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is extremely airy, but it fades very fast, after getting off to a good start. Goes to a patchy cap, and nothing at all after about halfway through. The color is pretty light. Carbonation bubbles are large. No lacing this time, but this has performed better for me on other occasions. What does it matter anyway, when there's a 99% chance you're drinking it from the can or bottle? Bonus for having an attractive can that could pass for a Pepsi or RC at a distance.

Smells unfortunately metallic initially. After this there's a pretty distinct aroma of sour apple and white grape. Would be better if there was any sort of potency to it.

The fruity notes in the flavor actually are noticeable on the palate as well. This is not bad at all. Reminds me much more of a Euro style than an American style lager. Definite suggestions of rice here, but I find that a bit better than corn, which is less apparent in this beer. Pretty sweet in a vaguely fruity way. Grassy in the back of the palate, with a minimally spicy bit of hops. Not a great finish if you choose to really dwell on it. The entire package outperforms most representations of the style.

Mouthfeel is light; moderately smooth. Carbonation is not a problem, but more tingly than I'd like.

Drinkability is pretty good. When this beer is on sale I don't hesitate to pick it up over other macros, just to have something in the fridge. And it's probably a little better than the score suggests.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

yup, I live in the subarbs of 'Cuse and Labatt is readily available the minute I pull out of the driveway

A- light straw with the disappearing head. The carbonation is bursting which is the common characteristic of AM Adjunct

S- bread, cereal, grain.. no hops. A little bit of some malt is there. About it

T- well there is some light grain and miniscule hop presence.... but you know what? For a mac, that is what it is about. RATE IT FOR WHAT IT IS. A canadian pilsner like Labatt Blue does have some taste depsite the other macros out there. There is some flavor that can be spoken of

M- crisp, refreshing, light bodied

D- look... this is Syracuse. Labatt is the brew to have when you are trying to pound them out. It's everywhere! And it is a macro that is different. I will slam these all day long a scream an ode to Labatt as the best Macro out there

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Photo of PBBC
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Now, maybe I'm just from buffalo....

But this beer isn't that bad!

Compared to other beers in the same price-range, this beer is a much better choice...

Appearance- Keep this one in a bottle, the yellowish color isn't ugly, but isnt pretty either

Smell- Average, slightly sweet (corn?), virtually no hop nose,

Taste, Clean, slightly sweet, virtually no hop flavor, but balanced enough to make it an all nighter...

Very drinkable, that's why they sell it in 28 packs with Sabres hats!

By no means a masterpiece, but definitely a good long-night beer. Especially at a sabres/bills game... Here's to everyone in buffalo that loves Blue!

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Photo of grayburn
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one American adjunct lager that I am somewhat fond of. The beer is a pale golden color and the head is rather small. Laces for a little bit, then it gets lazy and gives up.

The smell and taste are the typical cheap corn and grain notes....but then....there are actually some noticable hops in here....odd for the style, but nice.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, a bit watered down, pretty easy drinking.

Not horrible, but not good....at least theres some hops in this one.

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Photo of MNJR
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Years ago, like more than 15, Labatt Blue was a much better beer. My father and I used to drink it, and when he'd give a bottle to a neighbor, they'd always remark how good it was. That flavor profile is sadly gone today. There is no hint of what of used to be. But, for one of today's macro brews, this stuff doesn't seem as bad to me as others have noted here. It's a passably good but somewhat plain tasting beer, maybe a little sweet. I can't find anything overtly bad or offensive about the flavor. It goes down smooth and it's a refreshing, lighter bodied beer. There are better beers for less money, like PBR. But, if you catch this on sale for less than $5 a six pack it's not a bad deal and good for something different once in a while.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good old Labatt Blue..superior to domestic microswill and only slightly more expensive. I have many positive memories of this beer from my salad days when it was ubiquitous in the upstate college towns of my youth.
Pours a nice healthy golden color with a razor thin head buffered by visibly heavy carbonation. Smell is grainy but not strong enough to be unpleasant. The taste is watery and nothing special but it holds onto enough bitterness to make it a good sipping beer, perfect for a Saturday afternoon of college football, or a night of hockey or baseball in front of the tube. An overabundance of carbonation makes the mouthfeel par at best. This is by no means a great beer but you can have a great time drinking it, which must be worth something

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Photo of Devilsfan87
3.28/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this at a distributor in town for 18 pack for $15.99, bit pricey for what it is... the appearance is paleish yellow. The smell isn't very strong, or appealing for that matter, mostly corn. taste is refreshing, carbonation is marginal at best. Easy to power a few of these down while watching your favorite hockey team play after happy hour. Nothing special, but not bad either.

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Photo of Brettster
3.28/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow with a fluffy white head that fades quickly. Has a malty and grainy smell with a little hint of sweet. The taste is pretty light with a slight malty sweet flavor. Has a pretty light bodied smooth mouthfeel. Goes down easy. I would drink it again.

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Photo of supercolter
3.27/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- straw yellow, a bit of head good lacing
S- not a lot here, a bit of hops and malt is it
T- typical american macro
M- light but bubbly
D-goes down smooth

This isn't a bad macro, it jsut isn't good either, want a good macro, drink some Gumballhead, its tasty

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.