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Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Reviews: 610
Hads: 1,887
Avg: 2.67
pDev: 41.95%
Wants: 23
Gots: 282 | 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 KYGunner
3.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is way too weak to have any real respect and the nose holds little to no personality. Despite the lack of nose I found the cereal grain and light Pilsner malts to be better than average. There is an easy drinkability but it's highly carbonated and very crisp. Overall it's not the world's best Pilsner but it will do in a pinch.

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Photo of schoolboy
2.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Just padding my reviews, and backfilling with stuff like this. I get Labatts in quantity once a year or so - a few cases, rebated and really cheap. This last year I gave away a couple cases and worked on a couple myself. We just opened a couple cans yesterday, and man were they tough to drink.

It is typical Canadian lager, yellow, slightly malty smelling and sweet. It makes me not want to drink beer, and later makes me regret drinking it. It is too sweet and thin tasting, yet maybe it would be better if it were thinner and less offensive.

We sometime try to fortify the taste by mixing it with quality brews (10:1, or so). It doesn't help, but the color changes.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.88/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

DATE TASTED: November 23, 2013... GLASSWARE: Wychwood pint... OCCASION: PSU vs. Nebraska--a good reason for some EXTRA blue!... APPEARANCE: tawny clear straw golden body with swift bubbles that simmer to an uneven white,, filmy head--looks a bit weak... AROMA: thin, crisply corny malt pop with a slightly beefy afterscent; medicinal, almost band-aid-like vapor; then, nondescript... PALATE: THIN; Corona-esque mouthfeel; doesn't linger anywhere; gassy and bubbly...TASTE: THIN, woody, somewhat floral esters mesh with a 40-ounce malt to produce a drinkable, albeit pedestrian lager flavor...OVERALL: revisiting a beer I had over fifteen years ago, the experience is much shorter than the excitement I felt holding a 24-ounce tall back then; cookie-cutter and mouth-rinsing, with little to suggest a nuance...

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Photo of Mavigo
2.74/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured this sucker into a pint.

A: Pours a apple juice gold color with a half inch off white head that evaporates fast leaving no lacing.

S: Smells of corn, grass, grains, and not much else

T: Tastes bland, just corn, grains, grass, it's smooth but there's not much here.

M: Over carbonated with minimal flavor.

O: Overall, yeah well you know already. Just another fizzy yellow drink that the masses drink. However, I am able to stomach this more than it's competitors. It's alright.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

In the process of going back and reviewing beers I had previously rated to provide a full review. While some of them I had on tap and aren't likely to find anytime soon, and others were limited releases that I'm unlike to purchase again, Labatt Blue is neither, it is highly accessible and cheap but not particularly enjoyable. I'm not sure if I will get to many of these in this vein, but I plan to try to get to a few.

Served cold into a pint glass, single bottle picked up for $2.00 CDN.

Appearance - Decent pale gold color crossed with piss yellow with a 1/2 finger of white head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing and very few bubbles in the glass, but saw a few extremely small floating particles.

Smell - Sweet corn adjuncts and not much else. Nothing like a cooked vegetative smell or any other bad smells, just nothing. Could be a lot worse.

Taste - Sweetcorn up front, almost mind-numbingly so for my palate and then transitions into a bunch of nothing. Slightly vegetative tasting as well. Not awful but definitely nowhere near good or enjoyable for me.

Mouthfeel - Decent feel, medium carbonation, no weird textures and a nothing aftertaste.

Overall - Pretty mediocre, but better than some of the swill offered in bars. If I'm looking for something in this style though, I'm looking Canadian as it's better than this. Obviously anyone enjoying this, I recommend serving it cold and a frosted mug while not my thing, wouldn't hinder this beer in any manner.

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Photo of Scarvingdozen87
4.32/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Smells like it has a slight caramel malt taste, but not an over powering one.

T: Smooth, non-heavy beer! This beer definitely stands out among most beers! Great taste!

O: Definitely a beer to try. My good friend tried it, and labatte became his all time favorite beer. This has always been my favorite! A distinct taste with this beer! Great and amazing taste of Canada!

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Photo of LXIXME
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Big white head settles slowly above a clear bright golden colored beer.

Very light aroma of some pale grains.

A very light washed out grain malts taste.

Dryish aftertaste that stays around a while with this light bodied beer.

This beer seems like a lighter very of PBR.

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Photo of Jonada
2.69/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

24oz can served in a standard pint glass. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours a pale straw yellow color with 2 fingers of a fizzy white head that dissipates instantly. Body is crystal clear.

Smell: Corn, cereal grain, hint of grassy hops, generic beer smell. Strength of the aroma is weak.

Taste: Same as the nose. Grainy, slight grassiness, bit of a vegetal quality in the finish and aftertaste. Light bitterness in the finish, but it's almost metallic rather than a hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp. Medium prickly carbonation.

Overall: It's a typical AAL, which is to say, not very good. Within that classification, it's neither the best or the worst of the bunch.

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Photo of Beric
2.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving: 24oz can into pint glass
Served: 31 August 2013

Appearance: Pale yellow with a one finger, frothy white head that doesn't really stick around for a long time. The head dissipates to nothing- not even leaving a small ring of bubbles like some other heads that collapse. The beer looks unimpressive, and would be complimented better by a head that sticks around.

Smell: Smells sweet and corny. Not much to mention here- it smells like stereotypical 'beer', but perhaps just a bit sweeter from the corn and with a hint of metallic funk going on.

Taste: I thought this one would be comparable to PBR but it really is much worse. The sweetness overpowers everything, and you really can't taste much beyond that. Even cold, this beer lacks some of the earthy/skunky "complexities" of AALs and is dominated by a sweet corn flavor.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation for the style.

Overall: A poor beer and one that I would not drink again. A step below PBR and even other mass produced adjuncts.

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Photo of metter98
2.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but left a thin layer bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and a decent amount of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of corn along with notes of rice. No bitterness is really noticeable.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and doesn't seem as watery compared to some of the other beers in the style. There's no "off" flavors.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.68/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a bottle at The Angus Barn in Raleigh, NC

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light hints of bright yellow. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of slightly sweet malts with notes of corn and rice present. Light amounts of grassy hops are present as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sweet malts and mostly adjunct malt flavors - primarily corn with some lighter amounts of rice and grain. Extremely light hints of grassy hops which give it a touch of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a nostalgic beer for me - lots of Labatt Blue was consumed when I was a college student in upstate NY during the early to mid 1990s. Not really any better than I remembered it being but not horrible.

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Photo of Damian
3.02/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Drank from an 11.5 fl. oz./340 ml bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, deep golden color. An inch tall, bubbly, bright white head topped the liquid, but it quickly fell to a very thin film. No lacing whatsoever.

Husky, grainy malts dominated the aroma. Dry and powdery with a crisp, lager yeast quality. Rather uninteresting. As the beer sat, mild lemon and wheat notes came forth.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose. Lots of husky grains and adjunct notes. Slightly wheaty, lemony and tart. Hint of generic hops and earthy bitterness on the finish. There was a slight skunkiness as well. All in all, the beer had a decent amount of flavor for the style.

Light and fizzy on the palate. The spritzy, prickly effervescence was quite off-putting.

Aside from the mouthfeel, Labatt Blue is a respectable adjunct lager. This might be good lawnmower beer or a budget-minded pounder during hockey season.

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Photo of 7beerphil
4.26/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

24oz can into a pint glass

Light golden color. Head fizzes quickly, then dissipates with good lacing.

Not much of a smell going on here. Really can't pick up anything.

Taste is refreshingly mild. Not overly sweet, not bitter. And surprisingly not extra corn-filled. It is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin, with the proper amount of carbonation. Not overly bubbly, which is a good thing.

Overall, this is a quality Canadian Lager. Anyone who appreciates a simple, yet refreshing brew can appreciate this. No need at all to bash it, as it does indeed have its place in the beer world.

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Photo of KC8LTL
2.89/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

OK - this is not my thing, but I was at a party and this is what they had available. Served from 12 oz. can, poured into a blue solo cup.

The pour gave a very limited head that dissipated rather quickly. No real lacing was apparent. Smell was basic mass-market beer smell - no off flavors noticed but nothing to really care about.

When I drank it however, it seemed to be fairly well balanced - but balanced close to water. But then again, for the STYLE, it should be. I found nothing objectionable, but then again I found little to be really interested in, either. But as it warmed in the cup, it still tasted decent - something not the case for too many American Lagers

Mouthfeel seemed thin, which while being true to style is often enhanced by more carbonation, which was missed here.

It would be easy to be a beer snob and belittle this. It is not what I would pick most of the time. But there really wasn't anything WRONG with it. It is a bit blah to my liking, but was fine with for the social gathering, and would likewise be fine to cool off after mowing the lawn on a warm day.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a slightly below average beer that is drinkable but the vegetal quality I am getting in the flavor isn't too enjoyable.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.12/5  rDev +16.9%

I poured this from the brown bottle chilled into a mug.

The color is golden and clear with sudsy white head with average bead and spotty lace, carbonation is visible rising rapidly. The smell is dull and lightly herbal scented with almost grassy odor with low malt and no yeast in the aroma with faint pils odor. The feel is moderatley highly carbonated with low sweetness and slight dry feel with light creaminess and very mild bitterness with finish dry for the most part.

The flavor has light malt up front slightly obscured by the highly carbonated quality with gentle hop balancing the light sweetness w/out any real depth or complexity in taste. Overall a pretty bland lager, just ok without any real noticeable flaws in the flavor department, not recommended based on enjoyment -it isn't bad per se, unless you expect the taste of malt or hops.

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Photo of ShreddedThumb
3.82/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Dorm Room Review

From a steel-blue can, adorned with an auburn maple leaf and ivory and gold character, pours an imported pilsner from the great, mysterious North. I am, of course, referring to the majestic nation of Canada (and in my case, one can drive South to enter Windsor). We all know the Blue, so let's give it a review, eh?
This review was written to the tune of: Godspeed You! Black Emperor's song "Static".

Consumed from the can. I need to save my solo cups.

Appearance: No doubt, Labatt Blue is not an appearance-driven beer. If you've seen one adjunct, you've seen 'em all. Someone should tell Labatt to dye a batch blue in honor of some anti-St.Patrick's Day (John Labatt's birthday, perhaps? Get at me, Labatt Co.!)

Smell: The dense Canadian wilderness. Hints of Yukon moose and oligotropic freshwater perch, particularly from Southern Ontario's Lake Simcoe. Just kidding, Labatt smells like BEER. You know the smell, and depending on your olfactory memory, it can be good or bad.

Taste: A lumberjack from Toronto decided to trek to the Canadian Shield, draped in his sweat-soaked red plaid sweater and tight beaver-skin boots. From a leather pouch, the Canadian unsheathes his beer mug, and plunges it deep into the ancient glaciated Earth. He takes a valiant Canuck swig from his glass, and with the spirit of a thousand Mounties, he shouts in French to the heavens (Quebec), and thus, Labatt was founded. In reality, the lumberjack was pleased by the great, crisp taste of Labatt Blue. Malt, typical adjunct are clear, but some sort of extra character purvey from the usual macro bunch. I can think of no other alcoholic beverage to enjoy after a long day of physical labor. Keep six of these cool in your fridge (or glacier), and enjoy with reckless abandon after quittin' time.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, Canadian. Perfectly sessionable.

Overall: I really like Labatt Blue. In fact, I really like Canada. One of my Polish ancestors, who illegally hopped a boat from the motherland, landed in Canada and lived there before moving to Michigan. Labatt Blue is certainly worth the extra sheckles when faced with the boring Miller and Coors. For full effect: tune into a hockey playoff game, buy three pizzas, invite four or more friends over, and crack open several Labatt Blues as you watch barbarians on ice beat each other up.
Fun fact: if you purchase Labatt from one of Canada's liquor stores (which close by 5pm), the "imported" text will vanish.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a 1/2 inch white head that falls quickly to a thin ring of foam around the glass and yellow gold color. Aroma is a weak grain and slightly buttery. Flavor is a bland mixture of corn and faint hops. Mouthfeel is light and CO2 is appropriate for style. A very common North American lager that is rather unremarkable.

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Photo of MichaelNickerson
2.91/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - excellent golden amber, with thin white head

Smell - smells like the typical "beer". slight hops. very strong odors

Taste - malty, hint of sweetness

Mouthfeel - more than the average dryness, does leave you wanting more

Overall - classic beer, reminds me of hockey and enjoying a game with a cold one

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Photo of RyanLaCount03
1.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I was not a big fan of Labatt Blue the only time I ever tried it. While sitting around a camp fire for a field trip in Grand Marais, Michigan, I was given one of these beers. The smell of the beer was horrible, while the taste of it wasn;t much better. I may give it another try sometime, but i am not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of punky796
3.46/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear golden amber, about a finger of white head that dissipates pretty quickly, not much lacing.

S - Malts, alcohol, hops. Beer.

T - Malts, alcohol, toastiness, a certain chewy muskiness (a good word someone else here used) that I would use to describe beers such as this or Molson, Black Label, etc.

M - Not too bad, actually. Dry without too much of a macro kick. Medium-high carbonation and satisfactory aftertaste.

O - Pretty good. One of the best adjuncts/macros.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Labatt Blue on draft. Pale gold color. Pristine clarity. Nice fluffy white head. Sitting strong, too. And, there's some nice lacing.

Pale malts that include corn. Lightly sweet vegetable quality matched with clean grain and a touch crisp hops. Mild DMS.

Pretty clean. Some corn malts interfere, but not obnoxiously. Great lagered flavor for what it is. Only slightly tangy. Rather dry for the style.

Very carbonated. Brute bubbly feel overtakes the thin body. Not as mismatched as other adjunct lagers.

Approving of this staple. Will enjoy from time-to-time. You know what it is.

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Photo of danreitz
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16-oz can poured into a mason jar. Bought 24 of these guys for fourteen bucks in Buffalo. Drinking as I review. Smells metallic and slightly stale. It appears a slightly more pronounced shade of piss-gold than most macro lagers. Tastes lightly skunky with a unidentifiable sharpness masking any sense of sweetness. None of that annoying bread flavor or dull maltiness you get with some other macro lagers. As it warms, it gets a rounder, sweeter aftertaste. Feels watery and tingly on the tongue.

Overall: This is a dry, bright macro brew. Less sweet than Coors and Molson. Less skunky than Stella. More personality than Budweiser and Miller. The first beer I ever drank was Labatt Blue in a red Solo cup. It was the beer we brought to the park before we were old enough to drink in bars and probably what I drank the night I kissed my first college girlfriend. My tastes have changed since then, but I still consider it a great beer for parties, camping trips, tailgating, and other situations where you just want to drink a bunch of watery beer with your friends.

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Photo of michiganman48846
4.05/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For all the mass-produced North America beers out there, this one tastes the best. Keep in mind, make sure you drink it cold, or it won't taste good (perhaps it's b/c there are no preservatives in this beer)? Anyway, this beer actually has a pleasant taste, no aftertaste, and is best among beers priced in the same catagory such as Bud, Miller Lite and Coors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.33/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

you know, as the cheap after hockey beers go, i dont mind this. in the craft context, its obviously crap, but in the cheap beer world, its decently solid. the pour is of course an adjuncty piss color, with a marshmallowy white head. nose is watery malts, generic yeast, and a touch of aluminum. flavor is the same as the nose, slightly less off, bready malts, a lot more flavor than the blue light. aftertaste is a little metallic, but comparably less so. drinkability is high with a pretty light body and very active carbonation. it turns the stomach a bit, which has to knock it down a peg, but after a hockey game or on the golf course, there is a lot worse you can do for yourself than one of these.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.