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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

Labatt BlueLabatt Blue

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1,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 1401
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 23.19%

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.

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Photo of mynie


1.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Take the worst parts of a Bud and a Heineken and this is the beer you come up with.

From both you get the crappy, pale yellow pour with almost no head.

From Bud you get the bland odor of adjunct malt and stomach cramps.

From Heineken you get the nasty, over-processed, pasturized taste of fruit esters and medicine. You ever take Nitrous? It's kind of like that. Processed gas. Only it doesn't make you laugh.

If this beer has anything going for it, it's a decent body which lends itself to an okay drinkability rating. Otherwise avoid.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 07:13:06 | More by mynie
Photo of yourunclewalt

New York

1.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours an impossibly clear pale straw body with a quickly receding head. Looks a lot like Coors light, which is to say, seltzer water.

S - Smells like a macro lager. Not really sure what to say about this one.

M - Seltzer. Carbonation. Water.

T - Bitter. Corn-tinged malts.

D - Not much to describe here, it's a pretty standard macrolager. Not really sure if it's any better or worse than its American counterparts, although some swear by its supremacy / difference. Can't say that I agree.

Serving type: can

04-30-2007 04:49:56 | More by yourunclewalt
Photo of BEERchitect


1.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sampled qutie a few Lagers and Pilsners during this session. This beer turned out to be the most sulfuric and ill-balanced of the bunch. Starts off with a typical crystal-clear, fizzy carbonated, active beer, with a head formation that failed to retain. Aromas of cereal grains / adjuncts and light pilsner malt are dominated by sulfury aromas of cooked vegetables (corn) and a harsh match-stick burning sensation in the nose. Flavors also pick up on the corn flavors (from sulfur and pilsner malts). A residual corn-like sweetness proves quite distracting. A follow-up of astingent husk flavors and green apples round out the beer. A bit heavy / oily in the mouthfeel with a finish that emphasizes the unbalanced sweetness. Those crazy Northerners will apparently drink anything.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 17:03:15 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of kingcrowing


1.95/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear light yellow color with a very small white head and no lacing. Nose is just adjuncts and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is corn and a light bitterness, but not of the hop variety. Very bland, light and tame. Skip it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 04:35:57 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of John

New York

2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Canada's version of Bud.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2001 16:27:42 | More by John
Photo of Sixpack595


2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not a good beer. I can't think of anything good to say except that its not horrible. Its what you drink if you know the bar hasn't had an order other than Bud or Bud light in a few years. I keep hearing about it being better in Canada...sorry. Its still garbage. Living in Detroit, I spend too much time visiting our neighbor to the south (Windsor), and I can say its no better on either side of the bridge. I actually think Blue light is better, at least you can pound it faster to get it over with.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 00:50:15 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle - Standard macro brew with no real head retention or any aftertaste. Aroma is almost non-existent. Body is really light to ensure you can drink a lot of this crap brew, not that you would want to. Not much else to say except I won't be seeking this anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 17:28:21 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very pale straw colour, but had a nice foamy white head on the pour, not bad for a macro. Aroma contains sharp grain and the presence of adjuncts. The flavour has a bit of an industrial chemical presence, dry metallic grains, with a sweet twang of adjuncts on the finish, giving it a bit more of an industrial flavour on the aftertaste. Very watery mouthfeel, but a bit abrasive on the palate as well. This would be the lowest on the Canadian macro totem pole for me, in the great white north triumvirate of Molson/ Labatt/Kokanee (in comparison to the American BMC).

Serving type: can

04-16-2004 23:22:47 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of drpimento


2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this was served at a colder temp than most at this bar, which was fortunate for this beer. Light white head that quickly disappeared; no lace. Sweet beery aroma with a hint of hop. Flavors the same. Finish is sweet. Yellow gold color. Not much going on here at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 23:45:56 | More by drpimento
Photo of HugoGrim


2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like your standard American macro lager. No head.

Aroma is sharp yet bland.

Flavor is worse than I expected. I think this is worse than even the big light American macros out there. Standard mechanical grainy flavor, no hops. Just as watery as a light beer, which is depressing.

Serving type: can

07-26-2007 00:51:00 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of JWFokker

New York

2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had three of these tonight (only thing available) and I came away being distinctly unimpressed. As far as macro lagers go, I suppose it's better than Budweiser, but still very generic and almost watery. It's not a terrible beer, but I wouldn't waste my money on a such a forgettable brew. Too much rice and corn in this one I think, because you can't hardly taste any hops. Give this one a pass. It's made for the market that doesn't want any flavor in their beer.

Serving type: can

10-16-2007 04:12:35 | More by JWFokker
Photo of baseballrock


2/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A friend of mine brought a six pack over and when everyone left the six pack was still in my fridge, everyone was busy drinking my homebrews. so i thought a give it a shot.

it pours with virtually no foam, it is clear yellow. smell is not pleasant, and the taste is watery with a hint of skunk. drinkable maybe if im on the lake with no other lager in sight. i would much rather have a keystone they both taste similar and one is a heck of a lot cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 06:31:28 | More by baseballrock
Photo of Suds


2.03/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer at a recent summer party. Not much aroma. The taste was mildly sweet and grassy. Very little hops; watery mouthfeel. Unfortunately, there’s not much to add. Ordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2002 17:48:51 | More by Suds
Photo of evanackerman


2.03/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

basic crappy macro lager, horrible appearance, pretty weak taste, reminiscent of water left out overnight with a corn husk soaking in it.

not much to say because there is not much to this beer, at least it is cheap and the can is pretty. i won't be buying it ever again.

Serving type: can

09-08-2005 02:12:08 | More by evanackerman
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

341ml bottle in a plastic glass.

Clear, straw yellow in colour. White head is 1/8 inch on the pour, but quickly reduces to a thin ring around the edge.

Aroma of grains and adjuncts with some petrol notes.

Smooth and grainy at the start. Then after the carbonation rush it's quite harsh with a real adjunct/petrol/astringent quality to it. Typical grainy macro aftertaste.

Light bodied and overly carbonated. Harsh mouthfeel.

Blue is what it is. It's a fairly average to sub-par macro lager. Nothing worth going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 02:01:03 | More by Noxious26
Photo of cooter

New York

2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer is my sacred cow of macros...if I have to drink shit beer, this one's my pick, hands down, every time. I am now on a quest to find out why, phenomenologically (I'm a philosophy major. Insert I-have-no-job joke.) I feel weird pouring it into a proper glass, and my fears are confirmed. The adjunct odor (fumes? stench) is like steam out of a gutter grate, about as strong as the strongest-smelling floral Belgians I've had. Hit me from a goddamn foot away, I swear. I gave it a wicked pour, massive 1.5 inch head...and it died instantly into a mere dusting. It's clear as hell, with mediocre carbonation and the color of...um...well, urine, but that's vague. Orange-peach-yellow? Whatever.

Lacing sucks.

Smells like adjunct and another kind of adjunct and the faintest hint of real malt smoothness in there; that tart, peppery smell. Tastes like adjunct and sickening syrup. Carbonated fake maple syrup? Not much taste to speak of. There's malt, and fake malt, and I swear a hint of a taste I seriously want to call "blue." God, the aftertaste is the bitter-beer face of advertising infamy, and it's not hops, but rather a coating of the mouth in a grainy...blech.

But it doesn't make me choke, or vomit from taste (as opposed to sustained imbibing). It retains...1/20 of a head, which is better than some. And it's smooth, somewhat, in a depressing way similar to its doormat of a texture (which is just think enough to remind you this is beer, but not enough to make you taste too much). Sorry to be so negative, because I really do enjoy this beer for drinking games. But I think it's a total failure for really tasting, as opposed to swigging from a bottle or chugging whole.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 06:53:33 | More by cooter
Photo of maek228


2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Labatt was fourteen bucks for a twelve pack, which is a huge ripoff. Alot of people I know swear by this beer. I cringe anytime someone extolls it as a "great pilsner". I couldn't disagree more. This beer is as bland as it comes, and it's overpriced to boot. Plus it's Canadien, and who likes Canadiens?

Appearance: A nasty straw yellow with a weak head that disappeared quickly. No cling. Does not look appealing, maybe I shoulda drank this one from the bottle.

Smell: Skunky bland macro-lager smell.

Taste: Carbonated water with some minimal beer flavor. It's kind of crisp, but not nearly as crisp as similar beers like PBR, Miller, and Beast...which are all much cheaper. I'd take just about any beer over this one.

Mouthfeel: Nothing worth mentioning.

Drinkability: Goes down easy....but so many other beers go down easier. Usually when I'm drinking a cheap macro-lager, I start to gain more appreciation for them after I've drank a couple. Not the case with Labatt, it just gets nastier and nastier. The skunkiness of it becomes more pronounced

Conclusion: This beer is a ripoff and couldn't be more overrated. Screw Labatt and it all stands for.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 20:10:13 | More by maek228
Photo of weeare138


2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The old Blue...I got a free can at the in-laws and decided to try it out, since I haven't had it in about 7 years.
Appears a light straw gold with a small white head that dies off quickly. Lots of carbonation streams rise to the top.
Smell is of carapils, and munich malts, along with Napa cabbage and aluminum.
Taste is of the same but with a bad metallic taste that isn't appealing at all.
Mouthfeel...all metal baby.
Forget it. I had to try it out for old times sake.

Serving type: can

01-30-2006 23:38:30 | More by weeare138
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a bright straw colored beer with a head that quickly came and went not unlike a soda head.

Smell is of some rice, skunkiness.

Taste is of extremely watered down rice, light malts, and maybe some hop spiciness but no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is more like a coca-cola than an actual beer. Very watery amd highly-carbonated with those big, burning bubbles.

Drinkable if you are partying and want to get smashed I suppose, like the purpose of any Macro Lager. Other than that, nope.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 03:03:08 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As soon as I poured this one, I knew I wasnt going to be too impressed.
Very light anmost see though beer with good carbonation and snow white head.
The smell was of almost corn and nothing else.
Taste was very bland, I amost thought I was drinking sparkling water...just as I expected from a beer like this.
Mouth feel was very, very thin.
I see no reason to ever drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 11:13:10 | More by dmamiano
Photo of Mickelswit


2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very light yellow with a big, white head. There was the usual smell of grain and corn without much bitterness. Taste was about the same - very weak, nothing distinctive. Mouthfeel was weak, making it go down as easily as water.

This was very similar to PBR and Bud. The oilcan was a good value, though this is definitely a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: can

04-06-2007 15:03:26 | More by Mickelswit
Photo of WVbeergeek


2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears fizzy yellow with a bright white head crystal clear body, and the head dwindles instantly as you pour it. Thin scant lacing is strung unvevnly around my pint glass. Aroma strong cereal notes very industrial lager in nature light grain notes with a mineral character with no real hops to speak of. Flavor is even unoffensive crisp and refreshing, definitely a solid option especially when 12 packs are 9.99 at the grocery store. Again American light lager prety boring not much to say no real hop flavor. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated thin water texture to me. Drinkability is alright for what it is, I do have good memories drinking this stuff my freshman year of college up around Erie seemed like this BMC and Yuengling were every where you went to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 04:31:12 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of adamette


2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

On tap at Courtyard in Brecksville, Ohio last night.

A Thin head, very light yellow body.

S Very thin, minimal hops

T A little hops, forgettable. Very close to the water which makes up most of this beer

M Thin, nearly water

D Excellent, much like the water that makes up most of this beer. It is very "refreshing" due to its similarity to water. If you just want a light refreshing beer then this is your beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2008 16:28:24 | More by adamette
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

473mL can with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a small white head that fizzes away almost instantly.

Corn and a sweet graininess on the nose. Very light.

Taste is a clean, watery malt up front, followed by a burst of adjuncts giving a bitter sourness that's a bit like green apple, but less pleasant. Finish is a bit sweeter and honeyish, mixed with a bit of skunk.

Mouthfeel is light, but almost creamy with surprisingly little carbonation. It's a littlebit sticky too. Not as clean on the finish as I'd like.

Bleh. This is boring and borderline offensive, even giving it leeway for its style. Stay away.

Serving type: can

05-27-2009 14:48:00 | More by nighthawk
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.05/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clean yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a small sweet malt. In the taste, saaz/ pils like hops and a nice maltiness to back it up. A hop bite and lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry maltiness in the aftertaste. Ok, better than most, but still standard.

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 16:19:04 | More by OWSLEY069
Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
62 out of 100 based on 1,401 ratings.