Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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1,857 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,857
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 20
Gots: 255 | 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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Ratings: 1,857 | Reviews: 639
Photo of Ninjajake12
2.94/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a 24 oz can at my nearest gas station the other day. Can't decipher the canning code. Poured right from the fridge into a stein.

L: Pours a pale straw color with about two inches of white head that dissipates rapidly to a weak film and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Crystal-clear, with profuse visible carbonation.

S: A weak bouquet on this one: cracker malts, a bit of stewed corn, some diacety buttery notes, and a touch of pepper/spice. Perhaps a hint of a metallic note in there, as well. As it warms, it takes on a more unpleasant, sour aroma.

T: Bready malts at the outset, with a good deal of sweetness coming through that seems like it has its origin in corn. There's a bit of a grassy thing going on in the middle, with just a bit of cracked pepper in there, too. Some stewed vegetable flavor builds a little toward the end, and there's a faint fruity/tart note at the close that might be hops registering just a bit. Despite the relative diversity of flavor notes I've mention, this one really doesn't bring much flavor at all: it's a bit like drinking cardboard.

F: Per the style, this one is light-bodied, quite effervescent, and a little creamy in the middle. Overall, though, this one is quite watery, even for an AAL

O: In my college days, I'd often grab a six-pack of this if I was short on cash. It drinks quite easy, doesn't really offer any offensive flavors; the problem is mostly that it doesn't have much flavor at all, aside from the corny sweetness. If I have a choice between AALs, there are probably ten that I would take over this one.

Photo of 2ellas
1.85/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

I prefer them straight from Canada. The extra e in bleue makes them taste slightly better

Photo of theCanadian
2.23/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a really funky aftertaste

Photo of DMACH
3.04/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great all day beer and the way beer prices are headed can't beat this decent brew for the price

Photo of Kennymbell
4.12/5  rDev +56.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Love labatt for a reasonably cheap beer!

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
3.21/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Aww,... come on Dudes! Yeah, it's a Canadian brew but, overall it's not a bad brew. When I was younger, it was one of my fav's.

Photo of MattMorin
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Oh Canada. It is what it is

Photo of Joshholmes29
4.72/5  rDev +78.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Can never go wrong with this selection

Photo of YippieitsRyan
3.35/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank a whole bunch of these and my girlfriend got mad at me. So there's that.

Photo of Greywulfken
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I was younger and we went up to Plattsburg and Montreal, we drank this like it was magical. It's actually just like Canada's Budweiser. Pass.

Photo of Bear1964
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mason jar, golden color with a small fast fading white head leaving some nice lace as I sipped it down. Aroma was a simple Adjunct Lager with a touch of sweetness, flavor followed with a sweetness that put a step above just OK. Ice cold while doing whatever would work with this beer, it has history and that's alright. Not a bad brew overall.

Photo of bluesfan1181
2.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

It is what it is. A good beer hockey league brew. Serves it's purpose as a thirst quencher in place of Gatorade. Nice on a hot day too or while bbqing. Nothing spectacular by any means.

Photo of entenduintransit
3.1/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's honestly the best cheap and easy to drink beer out there. One of few beers you can get drunk on and actually enjoy it.

Photo of Maiora13
3.32/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Photo of ClayPA
3.54/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer isn't bad in a pinch if you can handle macrobeers

Photo of gopens44
2.28/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

One of my Stanley Cup playoff beers. This one stands out (to me at least) against other AALs due to it's heavier grain bill. It actually smells like and tastes like I am drinking something with at least some depth. The edges are tainted with a phenolic sting that is a little off putting, but otherwise, you could do a lot worse.

Photo of meganrosso
3.17/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Has a smooth finish but is not a high quality

Photo of BigWillie69
5/5  rDev +89.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Labbats is Awesome. Canadian beer headquartered in Buffalo NY

Photo of weller79
3.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

taste great watching the Hawks win a Stanley Cup

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh yes the lovely Canadian ones

Photo of DevAJ
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not necessarily bad, but it's a pretty one note beer. I honestly would rather drink Budweiser than this. At least with Budweiser there is a little complexity as you can taste the rice in it. I'm not much on hoppy beers, but I'm actually pretty disappointed in how weak it is for a so called pilsner. My first pilsner was Bofferding and that is supposedly considered a "beer for the masses" beer here on BA and it's quite a bit hoppier than Labatt.

Photo of SoulFroosh
3.69/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure how people review beers in this place. Something's not right.

Comparing to American adjuncts it's decent stuff.
Nice maltiness, balanced -- even has a genuine pilsner taste to it.

I'll happily drink this over any of the AAL's.

Photo of hophugger
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rated from notes on previous tasting

Photo of AuntBea
3.83/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK beer, better that some domestics.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
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