Labatt Blue - Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 23.86%
Wants: 20
Gots: 253 | 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 UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: thin white head on a clear straw colored body.

S: sweet corn and grains. Typical.

T: very very watery up front. Sweet corn comes in at the finish with mild hints of lemon. Mild grain notes throughout. Nothing offensive though.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: not offensive but also lacking on flavor may it be offensive or not. Overall drinkable and about what I expected.

Photo of metter98
2.64/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Golden color with a white head that stays around for a bit at a single finger. The nose is a bit of light grain and some husk. The flavor brings a few too many grain husks. Light body with a lot of carbonation. Drinks well enough, but not all that good.

Photo of BEERchitect
1.94/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Labatt Blue is a pretty decent drinking beer. It's best when it's ice cold. It's much like other Pale Lagers, Yellow in color, dissipating head, and pretty smooth tasting. I'd go for a Labatt's before ever going after Miller or Bud. This beer gives us some good flavors and it could easily be much worse.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lucent flax. The bone white head is actually pretty decent. It has a creamy frothiness that one doesn't often see in a beer of this style. Still at two fingers at the several minute mark, it leaves an unimpressive amount of weak, quickly melting lace.

There are no surprises in the nose. It isn't as assertive (and therefore not as bad?) as many other macro lagers. I can appreciate moderately sweet grain with a minor tickle of floral hops. Although it's forgettable, at least I don't cringe as I bring the glass up to my mouth.

Labatt Blue is definitely on the lighter end of the style scale regarding flavor. Again, I'm having trouble thinking of that as a negative. There's very little bitterness, just a barely perceptible bite to go along with the lightly sweet, light corny flavor that is especially noted on the back end. Short, clean finish.

I haven't had one of these in at least a decade, but it used to be my favorite beer. Actually, it was my first favorite beer. Then I discovered Guinness Extra Stout and Bass Ale and never went back. I don't remember it as being this weak, but then my palate has undergone major changes in the past few years.

I imagine that calling Blue an *American* macro lager pisses off those from the Great White North who can be bothered to be protective about a macro. I would never buy it by the sixer, but as a poundable, 'don't wanna think about it' kind of beer, this stuff ain't bad. It has no real negatives, unless one considers a lack of positives to be a negative.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.82/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So this I have no excuse for other then trying to knock out the bottom of the barrel list as quick as possible. A short trip to the store revealed most of these sitting there, rip for the taking. Decided to try a few last night and just go with it. Served cold and right from the bottle, this was consumed on 08/11/2010.

This one started out much like the rest of the night would, with a light and fizzy yellow pour with a small head of white on top that hung around for just a few brief moments before falling back down to earth. Light aroma of grain and corn, I could swear there was a touch of light piney hops, but quickly overrun as it warmed up. Crisp and clean, very smooth body made it almost tolerable as I take the first few sips. A light bready and grainy taste, but mostly just very clean with a light dryness in the finish which served to clean the palate and ready you for another quite quickly.

Overall I have to admit it was not terrible. I am not admitting I would go by this one again, but it was certainly not the worst thing I had last night.

Photo of biboergosum
2.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle. First night in the Big Smoke for an extended work stay, and it's hot and humid, as expected. The only nearby place open after my late evening arrival doesn't exactly scream brewpub. Ah well, expense account fried food will just have to do.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of weakly foamy, and generally soapy dirty white head, which leaves some randomly weak instances of ocean upswell lace around the quickly-defrosting glass as it readily dissolves in front of my eyes.

It smells of a pithy, grainy, corny, neighbourhood bar floor sweetness, a bit of less-than-boozy alcohol notes, acetone, and grassy, dead vegetal hops. The taste is a halting attack of gritty corn mash sweetness, a not so hard to explain mustiness, and some unpleasant, and yet offsetting, I suppose, astringently vegetal, um, hops.

The carbonation is average for the style, i.e. plain, and yet still tugging at my palate, the body egregiously light, and mildly cloying, in its well paid-for smoothness. It finishes quite off-dry, the sugary, pithy cheap-ass malt hardly as crisp as 'they' might have you believe, yet with very little skunky aftertaste, which may very well be a testament to the prescribed serving coldness.

Not all that bad, for the style, for the first time in a very, very long time, and the 'when in Rome' environment surely doesn't hurt. Oh, who am I kidding - this is still a shitty, LCD Canuck lager, only bearable due to my current situation, and general don't give a fuck attitude right now. Put that in your marketing pipe, Inbev.

Photo of zeff80
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a very fizzy, straw yellow color with a fizzy, short-lived, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and adjuncts.

T - Tasted like most lagers of this style. Corn, grain and not much else.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very well-carbonated. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay macro lager. Nothing to write home about, but it works in deep in the North woods.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.16/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.5 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with steady effervescence feeding an already tall, white head tha-- oh, nevermind, it's dissipating at a steady if sad rate.

Smell: Mild blend of pale and pils malts with a hint of fresh-steamed veggies served up with a ramekin full of light corn syrup. Not exactly an aroma that screams "DRINK UP!"

Taste: Sweet, disparagingly corn-laden flavor starts with some simply pale and pils malts. A tad husky initially and growing huskier by the minute. Blue is nearly entirely lacking in hop flavor and bitterness, though it does eventually dry out on the lightly husky finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A dreadful product, really, that's both unpleasant and unrewarding and should be generally avoided.

Photo of nickfl
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The had disappears rapidly and leaves only traces of lace.

S - grainy malt and a hint of corn.

T - grainy sweetness up front, a hint of spicy hops in the middle and a dry, lightly bitter finish.

M - light body, moderately high carbonation, and a very dry finish.

D - light and neutral, it us hard to say anything about this beer, good or bad. A generic adjunct lager.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A crystal clear golden body rests below a short, creamy, bright white head. The retention is limited, and it shortly drops to a thin surface covering; although it does leave some thin streaks and spotty lace. The nose offers a twist on the generic beer aroma with the addition of some mild, hay-like graininess; a touch of fruitiness; and some very "background" hops. The body is light/medium ; and its crisp in the mouth with a vibrant carbonation. The flavor delivers a thin, sweetish, obviously adjunct-laden (there's no real grain flavor present) malt that's balanced by a firm bitterness. It finishes clean and dry with little residual aftertaste. It's not a bad mass-produced lager by any means. In fact, it's probably one of the better ones. But the slightly elevated hop bitterness leaves me wanting more, and it's just not there. No real hop aroma, no hop flavor, no real graininess. Crisp and well-balanced, but lacking in character.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.28/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On-tap 2/23/07 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color, with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of skunky corn and other adjuncts, some malt almost no hops.

T: Flavors of grain and corn are the most prevalent with a little bit of macro sweetness. The malt character is very thin and there's not much of a hops presence either. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Not crisp and not smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, dry and clean finish.

D: Not tasty at all, the fact that it's not filling is about the only good thing I can say about it. I definitely would not drink it again.

Photo of Slatetank
3.12/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

Photo of Jason
2.23/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Borderline bad, not something I'd want to have to drink that often either even if it was handed to me at a party. A run of the mill cheap American Lager with a funny smell and a bland taste. There are so many other beers, even macro beers, that are better than this.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap in minnesota was pleasantly suprised!

pours deep golden with a 1" white head. Good head retention & lacing

Smell: Slight fruit notes, not much else

Taste: Clean & malty with a slight fruitiness. Finished pretty malty

MF: Good balance & carbonation

Pretty darn drinkable. Was skeptical, so I had 2 more. This was tasty. I would say this beer must need to turn quick to stay in form, but maybe it just hit the right notes that evening

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.06/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  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.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow - clear as a bell. A thin white head hangs on a little bit before becoming a vanishing patch.

The smell is of a hint of sweet grain. Inoffensive - clean as a whistle.

The taste is of some sweetness that is somewhat balanced in the finish. Clean, clean and crisp.

Light-bodied - not watery, though - but, fizzy.

The fizziness is pretty big and would get to me after awhile, even for the style, though it manages to keep something of a body. Very clean. Inoffensive. A bit of sweetness hangs on. Not a bad "lawn-mower" beer, though there are others that are cheaper that work just as well for that. Judged in style - could be better, could be much worse. I gave it the same score as Molson Canadian, but would probably take it over that.

Photo of chinchill
2.88/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a light yellow-gold with an ample off-white head. The head is nicely creamy but reduces to a thin ring and very thin 'islands' within minutes. Medium+ carbonation is visible.

S - The nose is about as expected: weak, tainted by adjuncts, and little influenced by hops. It isn't bad, however, with no real off-odors.

T - Labatt Blue's flavor is definitely on the lighter end of the scale for lagers. It does have enough flavor to spark a clear sensation of sweet grains followed by a very mildly bitter finish. The clean finish leaves a reasonably durable impression of malt with a more ephemeral impression of hops.

M - crisp in the mouth with a rather thin body.

O - No real negatives other than the lack of substance.

Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very light golden golden with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is terrible. It is weak and watery. It has breadlike qualities and seems a bit musty. The taste is watery and simplistic. It has little malt complexity and flavor. The mouthfeel is perfect. It has a bunch of carbonation. This is a very low bodied beer. It is very drinkable despite all it's shortcomings. This was my first favorite beer. I drank more than my fair share of this beer in my late teens and early twenties.

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Labatt Blue from Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
63 out of 100 based on 1,854 ratings.